I was delighted to join Cllr Tim Oliver, the WeyBetter Weybridge project team, Surrey Cabinet Members Matt Furniss and Sinead Mooney and representatives from Elmbridge Borough Council on a visit to the Weybridge health centre site this morning to hear about their vision for the rebuild of the site.
Since first elected Weybridge residents have made clear to me that this is their number one priority, and I have been engaging with all stakeholders on the need to rebuild and deliver new and improved health services for the community. The Weybridge Health Centre project is a joint endeavour between SCC and the NHS, in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council. Residents will know there have been several rounds of local consultation and various plans for the site, and regeneration of Weybridge more generally, discussed.
The project is incredibly complicated, with a range of issues and challenges including land ownership, finance and planning. But I know residents have been anxious for updates on recent progress and I have urged SCC and the CCG to publish an update on the current plans as soon as possible and I will be holding a public meeting in Weybridge in spring next year on this.
I have raised again the importance of ensuring same day access to health services with a greater range of services available. These services are vital to our community and it is essential that we make the most of the opportunity to deliver the best outcome for residents. But this must not come at the cost of delays and I have stressed the need to build the hospital site as soon as possible.
To keep updated on progress you can visit www.drbenspencer.org.uk/weybridge-health-centre-project.