Plans to develop a new and modern health centre in Cefn Mawr have taken a step forward with a public consultation set to begin in the next few weeks.
Senior executives from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board recently met local councillors Derek Wright and Ken Bathers, as well as Assembly Member Ken Skates, to discuss proposals for developing a health centre in Cefn Mawr.
Following the meeting it was confirmed that a stakeholder workshop will be held by the end of April – inviting residents to have their say and share their views on what the new facility should deliver.
This will then be followed by work to develop a business case for a new health centre. It is hoped that final proposals for the health centre could be approved in around 12 months.
A campaign demanding improved health services for the village launched in October 2015, following concerns over the parking provision and building condition of the current surgery.
In August 2016 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board confirmed that they would explore sites suitable for the development of a new health centre in Cefn Mawr.
The news that a public consultation will soon begin on improved health services in the area has been welcomed by campaigners and community leaders.
Councillor Derek Wright said: “This is a fantastic step forward and will provide residents with a formal opportunity in April to contribute to the proposals. A draft service provision will be produced the following month, with a second workshop in May. This is quick, decisive work from the health board, which I applaud. I’m delighted.”
Chairman of Cefn Community Council, Ken Bathers, added: “Residents in Cefn Mawr have identified the need for a new health centre as their top priority and I am pleased the health board is responding positively. We can now look forward to seeing some exciting progress in the coming months.”
A number of possible sites have been suggested for the new centre, with further scoping work being carried out before a decision is taken on where it should be.
Clwyd South AM Mr Skates launched a petition for a new health centre in late 2015 which gathered over 1,650 signatures.
He said: “It is clear that the health board shares our determination to improve services for Cefn Mawr and I am delighted by the publication of the development timeline.
“This is an exciting time for the community and I look forward to the workshop next month, where I know a good number of residents will be present with great ideas.”