Building of new medical centre starts on site of demolished Lynton pub
CONSTRUCTION of the once controversial Taylor's Avenue Medical Centre on the site of the demolished Lynton pub has finally begun.
Lindum Construction has announced that it has been awarded the £1.5 million contract to build the medical centre in Taylor's Avenue for client Ryedale Estates Ltd and work began yesterday.
The building company, which also built the Raj Medical Centre in Laceby Road and Springfield Medical Centre in Scartho, plans to complete the build early next year.
Spokesman Nikki Cobb said: "We have a lot of experience building medical centres in the area and I think that is why the developers chose us.
"We are good at what we do and hope to stick to our timetable for completion."
North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust said that the centre – which will house two GP surgeries treating up to 6,000 patients, a pharmacy and a convenience store – will be up and running by February next year.
It will be a 900sq m facility with 40 car parking spaces.
A spokesman said: "Building work will follow a strict programme that should ensure completion on time and provide services for patients by February."
As reported, the troubled pub closed in March 2010 and the Primary Care Trust announced it was considering the site for a large-scale medical facility in May that year.
However, in February 2011, North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) rejected the planning application because the convenience store would impact nearby shops, increased traffic would make it unsafe for pedestrians and the size of the building would be overbearing on other houses.
But health bosses did not give up, resubmitting plans in April that year which were finally approved last June.
Demolition work started in July and the old pub was reduced to rubble in October. Building work was due to begin in February, but there were delays.
Lindum has done some work clearing the site over the last month but work has now finally begun. However, there are still mixed feelings about the development.
A homeowner on nearby Lynton Rise said: "People have accepted it now but some are not happy about the way planning permission went through.
"The site may be big enough but I still don't think the roads to service it are adequate.
"We are not complaining about the medical centre but to have a store there is ludicrous."
However, the same resident did praise the contractors for obeying planning conditions to use Taylor's Avenue as a service road, not Lynton Rise.
The two surgeries which planned to move into the centre, Dr Sharma's in North Sea Lane, Humberston, and Dr Zaro's in Aspen Court, Cleethorpes, are glad that the project is now "moving forward".
Debbie Landymore, practice manager for Dr Sharma's surgery, said: "I am extremely pleased that the project is finally moving forward.
"The new surgery will provide a space that is more comfortable for staff and patients alike.
"It also has better parking facilities, so patients will not have to worry about the lack of spaces on North Sea Lane."
The developers were unavailable for comment.