East Ardsley village fight for new health centre

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 07/04/15 - Press - Thorpe Doctor's Surgery - Thorpe, England - Thorpe and East Ardsley campaign group for a new Doctor's surgery.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 07/04/15 - Press - Thorpe Doctor's Surgery - Thorpe, England - Thorpe and East Ardsley campaign group for a new Doctor's surgery.
  • Plans were approved in 2005 for a health centre until the developer pulled out of the deal
  • The proposed facility would be build near the entrance to Meadow Side in the village
  • Campaigners are appealing to developers to consider buying the site
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Campaigners are calling for plans to build a doctor’s surgery for their village to be revived.

Plans for a health centre and pharmacy in East Ardsley, which would also serve residents of Thorpe, were approved in 2005 but the developer pulled out of the deal before work began.

Campaigners are calling for a new health centre in the village.

Campaigners are calling for a new health centre in the village.

Now campaigners say they want the plans to be reconsidered because the nearest surgeries to the villages are too far away and already full.

Margaret Fosteris leading the campaign at Thorpe Community Centre.

She said: “We are determined to get this health centre which was promised to us many years ago and it’s time that someone listened to us.

“If you’re a mother with a young child who is ill or if you’re elderly it’s nearly impossible to get to the doctors.

It’s upsetting and frustrating that we don’t have facilities in the in the area that we really need, that most people take for granted.

Margaret Foster, campaigner

“It’s upsetting and frustrating that we don’t have facilities in the in the area that we really need, that most people take for granted.

“We’re not asking for luxuries, we can live without those.

“It’s essential facilities that we need.”

The proposed facility would be built on land near the entrance to the Meadow Side estate in East Ardsley, at the junction of Fall Lane and Meadow Side Road.

The nearest doctors surgeries to the villages are in Lofthouse and Tingley, around three miles away.

Mrs Foster said: “We have to get a bus to Wakefield and then another bus to the surgery to get to Lofthouse and to get to Tingley it’s a bus and then we have to walk the rest of the way.”

The campaign group, which is being backed by Thorpe Pharmacy, is appealing to potential developers to consider buying the site.

It is also considering ways it could fundraise to pay for the site itself.

Mrs Foster said the group will draft a petition and start speaking to villagers over the next few weeks.