Why car parking could be a sticking point on the plan for a new Porthcawl health centre

A decision on whether Porthcawl will get a long-awaited new primary care centre to replace overcrowded GP surgeries is set to be taken next week.

ABMU health board said the decision “has been deferred” to May 12 so it can provide Bridgend County Borough Council with more information.

A sticking point appears to be the number of car parking spaces that will be provided for both staff and patients at the new health centre planned for a site in front of the new Bellway Mallards Reach housing development next to the Meadow Lake on Newton Nottage Road, Newton.

Option for 20 extra off-site spaces

A spokesman for ABMU, which has been trying to provide a new health care facility for Porthcawl for the past decade, said: “The plans for the new build have 56 on-site parking spaces and following discussions with the council developers are looking at an option for a further 20 off-site parking spaces.

“The health board remains fully committed to providing the residents of Porthcawl with a new primary care centre that will meet their needs.

“The planning application for the new primary care and community services centre has been submitted. The application has been deferred until the May 12 development control committee meeting so the health board can provide further supporting information.”

The new health centre is designed to provide patients with a wider range of services

The new health centre has been designed to provide both GP and a wider range of health services for residents.

ABMU said all patients currently registered with existing GP services at the Portway and Victoria Avenue would be transferred to the new centre.

‘Existing surgeries are not fit for purpose’

Patients of the Portway Surgery, which also operates an annex in South Road, have long complained about delays in getting doctors’ appointments.

ABMU has admitted that all of the current health care facilities are out of date and no longer fit for purpose. But it could not locate a suitable site for a new health care centre until last year.

It said the new centre, which would have an integrated pharmacy, will have car parking and drop-off facilities and is on a main bus route.

A BCBC spokesman said: “This is a significant community development and we have been working closely with the applicants as it is important to ensure that it can be delivered without creating any future problems for local residents, patients, staff or visitors.

“As a result of these negotiations, the applicants have submitted additional information which is currently under consideration.”

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