Proposed Sandy surgery relocation gets boost as reserved parking bay plan is endorsed
PUBLISHED: 08:45 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 February 2017
A Sandy surgery's move into the town centre looks set to go ahead after its request for reserved bays in the town council car park was endorsed by councillors on Monday.
The Kings Road Surgery plans to move to Shannon Court this year – and Sandy Town Council’s policy, finance and resources committee has approved two reserved spaces for doctors and an emergency vehicle bay.
The latter is set to be created by converting an existing disabled bay, with other spaces re-designated to bring the total number of disabled bays up from three to four.
The decision was made on the condition that the surgery covers half of the costs – estimated to be about £1,050 – to help balance the needs of the public, the taxpayer and traders.
The surgery partners say the relocation will be of great benefit to the town, and that they just want to see the car park layout revised slightly to make things easier for the disabled and cater for emergency vehicles.
But Gordon Goodwin, owner of Ivel Funeral Service – in the promenade of businesses within the car park – says the surgery is a private concern and that public funds should not be spent on such work, especially with the 147-bay car park already busy without reserved spaces.
The committee rejected his request for two reserved spaces for his own business, but approved his plea for cross-hatching outside his business’s side entrance, for which he said his firm would cover the costs.
Mr Goodwin told the Comet afterwards: “It’s what I expected, but I’m disappointed that the councillors have essentially favoured one business over another. They’d argue that it’s for doctors – some people may agree with that, some may not.”
The matter is now set to be voted on by full council on February 27.