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Health and wellbeing centre plan in Spalding

WELLBEING CENTRE: The house at 204 Pennygate that may become a base for patient services. SG060814-154TW

WELLBEING CENTRE: The house at 204 Pennygate that may become a base for patient services. SG060814-154TW

A house in Spalding’s Pennygate could be converted into a charity run health and wellbeing centre.

Dr Azmeena Nathu, a GP in practice at Pennygate Health Centre, is seeking planning consent through The Pennygate Foundation to change the use of number 204 to complement services already running at her surgery.

South Holland District Council is due to make a decision on the application by September 22.

In the planning application to the council, Dr Nathu says: “I propose to change the use of this building to a charity run health and wellbeing centre.

“The building will house voluntary services for advice, counselling, general form filling for people, health education talks, to interface with the health and wellbeing organisations to provide care for local residents.

“These (will be) in addition to services provided at my next door surgery.

“The internal layout will not be altered.”

The planning application says it is hoped to provide parking spaces for up to eight vehicles at the centre – six more than present – with overflow parking available at the doctor’s surgery.

The centre will be staffed by volunteer helpers.

It’s likely to open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, 10am-noon on Saturdays and may open on two evenings from 6pm-8pm for counselling sessions.

The application includes provision of two portable buildings – one to be used as a meeting room for community groups and the second to store disability aids, such as wheelchairs and crutches.

 

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