Medical centre for Cotmanhay

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CALLS have been made for more than £200,000 from the sale of land in Cotmanhay to build a medical centre to be pumped back into the community.

In June, councillors sold the land at the junction of Beauvale Drive and Skeavington’s Lane to the highest bidder and it is now planned to be developed into a health centre.

Ilkeston North councillor Ernie Bevan said at a meeting on Thursday: “Ilkeston North is not one of the healthiest sites to live in the borough – it has the lowest life expectancy and is the highest for unemployment.

“I am hoping that some of this money finds its way back to Ilkeston North instead of constantly being taken out.”

The new health centre, if given planning permission, is set to replace Cotmanhay Medical Centre in Cotmanhay Road, branded one of the poorest surgery buildings in the NHS.