A NEW multi-purpose health centre could be built in Cotmanhay on land being sold by Erewash Borough Council, the Advertiser can exclusively reveal.
The new building would house a doctors surgery, a chemist, phlebotomy services and a citizens advice bureau if plans were given the go ahead.
The Old Station Surgery, which owns Cotmanhay Medical Centre, has already expressed an interest in building the health centre and moving its practice in after it was rated as one of the poorest surgery buildings in the county in a Primary Care Trust audit.
But the medical centre’s Dr John Ashcroft admitted the plan was at a very early stage as the council had not even officially put the land up for sale yet.
He added “It would replace the medical centre because it is not up to modern spec.
“We would have more space for admin and may even look at providing extra services such as a dentist and chiropody.
“It’s all a bit chicken and egg at this stage really. It’s very early days.”
Dr Ashcroft said he is in the process of writing to the Primary Care Trust to propose the idea.
“I think it would be nice for the area,” he said. “Ilkeston has the highest deprivation score in Derbyshire so this is something that the hopefully the PCT would give serious consideration to.”
The lease on the medical centre ends in August 2011 so doctors want to be moving into the new premises by then.
The land, at the junction of Beauvale Drive and Skeavingtons Lane, is currently owned by Erewash Borough Council who are set to put it up for sale in the near future.
Council leader Cllr Chris Corbett said the site was probably not big enough for property development and he would welcome something that brought employment into the area but warned that the authority will have to sell to the land to the highest bidder.
“We have a legal obligation to get the best deal for the rate payers,” he added. “Who we sell the land to will depend on who offers what.
“Obviously we will have to wait and see who is interested. It’s very early days at the moment,
“But it would be good for the people of Cotmanhay to have a modern doctors’ surgery and a new chemist.”
And Cllr Carol Hart, a borough councillor and Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for communities, said that she would like to see the medical centre plan moved forward.
She added: “The medical centre has shown an expression of interest and we would like to move it on.
“It’s still early days and plans would have to be drawn up.”
Partners have organised for an architect to have a look at the plans.
There used to be a community centre at the site but it closed down and was demolished in 2007.
The Old Station Surgery in Heanor Road owns Cotmanhay Medical Centre and Kirk Hallam Surgery in Queen Elizabeth Way.