Boost for fight to save park

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PROTESTERS fighting plans to build a new medical centre in a park in Uddingston this week claimed two of the major obstacles to using an alternative site had been removed.

Members of the Save Crofthead Park Action Group met with Tim Davidson, chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire to discuss the proposal by the Lincluden medical practice to build a new facility on land within the park.

And they are now urging the GPs to reconsider the nearby decomissioned rehabilitation centre in Bellshill Road as an alternative option after being given assurances on potential asbestos problems and the cost of acquiring the land.

GPs building a new surgery to replace their existing outdated facility have already had plans to lease part of Crofthead Park approved by South Lanarkshire Council.

But opponents now believe the assurances given to them by health authorities have shown the former rehab centre to be a viable and more desirable alternative.

Local councillor Jim McGuigan, who is backing the action group’s campaign, said: “At the meeting it emerged that approval has been given to demolish the building, with the costs being met by the health authorities, and that the asbestos situation would be made safe as part of that process.

“It was also pointed out that there would be very little difference between the cost of acquiring the rehab centre site and the land at Crofthead Park.”

Dr Bruce Thomson of Lincluden surgery added: “The practice is currently considering all options in conjunction with Lanarkshire Health Board and we will notify our patients and interested groups as soon as possible.””

Full story in January 20 edition of Bellshill Speaker