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Work begins on new 120 space Woolpit car park




Work has begun on a new car park in Woolpit.

Mid Suffolk councillors were joined by NHS representatives to mark the start of construction on the 120-space car park which will serve both Woolpit Health Centre and the local community.

The project has been made possible following the early transfer of land to the district council by David Wilson Homes, who are currently building new homes in the village, and as part of a Section 106 agreement.

Left to right, Dr Ben McCann partner of Woolpit Health Centre, Cllr Harry Richardson Mid Suffolk cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Suzie Morley leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, Lois Wreathall Deputy Director of Primary Care at West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. Photo by Gregg Brown
Left to right, Dr Ben McCann partner of Woolpit Health Centre, Cllr Harry Richardson Mid Suffolk cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Suzie Morley leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, Lois Wreathall Deputy Director of Primary Care at West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. Photo by Gregg Brown

The council says it has worked with Suffolk County Council, Woolpit Health Centre, the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Woolpit Parish Council to ensure that the transferred land best meets the needs of the community for years to come.

It will initially be used as an additional car park for Woolpit Health Centre, enabling the surgery to meet demand from housing growth in the area and continue to serve patients from almost 30 surrounding towns and villages.

The car park is also part of the ongoing Covid-19 and flu vaccination effort, designed to accommodate potential extra demand if booster jabs are required in the winter and beyond.

Further community uses for the car park are being explored with Woolpit Parish Council.

Cllr Harry Richardson, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "It's wonderful news that work has begun on this exciting collaborative project, which is set to make a real difference to Woolpit and the wider community by delivering the facilities needed to meet local demand for health care.

“I’d like to thank all those involved to date, including the CCG, Suffolk County Council and Woolpit Parish Council, as we continue to work together to achieve our ambition for all Mid Suffolk residents to lead active and healthy lives, whilst managing their own health and wellbeing.”

Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of West Suffolk CCG, said: “We believe the construction of this new car park will really increase ease of access for many people to the health centre. We know the local communities really value this health centre facility and the CCG is pleased to have been involved in supporting the development of plans."

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, said: “Great news to see increased parking facilities at Woolpit Surgery, much needed to enhance the experience of our growing population when accessing healthcare. Well done to everyone involved.”

Construction of the new facility, including significant drainage and resurfacing works, is due to be completed in November.

Funding for the car park will be provided from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – paid by housing developers to provide facilities needed to meet growth.

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