Councillors receive update on health hub proposals

With the Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Practice in urgent need of larger premises and modern facilities, Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council received an update report yesterday (16 September) on the plans for a health hub in Seaford.

Lewes District Council is currently assessing the potential for sites that might support the future delivery of vital health services in the area.  

The Seaford Medical Practice in Dane Road and adjacent car park is being appraised by specialist consultants to see if the location could accommodate a new development and assessments of other credible town centre sites are also taking place.

One site under consideration is on council owned land at The Downs Leisure Centre. The benefits of having health and leisure facilities together with GP services, on-site with a new chemist, led to early designs initially being developed. 

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“Our design team is working with all our partners to ensure that wherever the new facility is ultimately located it will meet the health needs of generations of residents, both in Seaford and surrounding towns and villages.  

“While there is debate about where the facility will go, there is no doubt one is urgently needed.”

On Wednesday, 25 September a petition against the development at The Downs Leisure Centre will be debated by the district council at a meeting at County Hall in Lewes.

Councillor Nicholson added:

“In tandem with the site investigations being carried out by our consultants, the council’s scrutiny committee has convened a Seaford Health Hub Panel for additional oversight and review. The panel has been hearing representations from interested groups and when their examinations are complete will make a recommendation to Cabinet as to whether the Seaford Health hub proposal should proceed. 

“We will also debate the petition later in September at Full Council and looking beyond that anticipate making a final decision on the scheme at Cabinet when all the assessment work is completed.”

Published on 17 September, 2019