MP shows support to expand centre

A local MP has shown his support for the expansion of a medical centre.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently visited Riverside Medical Centre in Hullbridge, where he was shown plans to expand the centre, in order to cope with the arrival of new patients, caused by the forthcoming housing development at Malyons Farm.

Mark was shown the plans by Martyn Smith, the Practice Manager of the centre.

The medical centre plans to add a second storey to the front part of the building, in order to provide additional consulting rooms and office space for a larger practice.

Mr Francois offered to back the plans and to make representations to NHS England and the local Rochford and Castle Point Clinical Commissioning Group. Many constituents of

Hullbridge are set to greatly benefit from an expanded medical facility.

Mr Francois said: “Riverside Medical Centre provides a vital service for my constituents in Hullbridge and it is only right that it should be expanded in order to cope with additional housing in the village.”

He added: “When Riverside Medical Centre have put together more detailed proposals, I would be very happy to go in to bat on their behalf to try and help them secure the funding they will need to bring about this very necessary expansion.”

Development

Rochford District Council approved the Outline Planning Application for 500 dwellings to be built on the land in question back in January 2017.

The land has been sold to Barrett David Wilson, a property development company, who are currently carrying out the necessary preparations and working on designs.

The property development company released their own consultation which was sent to 600 neighbouring residents.

Mr Francois has agreed to stay closely in touch with the practice manager Martyn Smith and his colleagues at Riverside as the proposals play out.

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