Labour councillors have welcomed the start of work on a new fully integrated GP surgery and family centre complex in Mayhill.
Council leader Rob Stewart and fellow Labour councillors, Cyril Anderson and Lesley Walton, along with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, David and Beverley Hopkins, were present for the turf-cutting ceremony at the site just off Mayhill Road.
The new complex is due to be up and running in early 2018, accommodating a family centre, a GP surgery and a pharmacy with the Welsh Government contributing £567k to the family centre element of the project.
The new health centre complex is being delivered by Swansea Council in partnership with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, who will give funding for the GP surgery.
Cllr Stewart said: “This is the start of the delivery of this fantastic innovative facility.
“The councillors and many others have worked for years to get this project where it is today and we are now on the cusp of delivering this modern 21st century health and wellbeing facility.
“It’s a truly innovative project for the benefit of local people and it has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of the people of Townhill and Mayhill wards.
“The new centre will play an important role in contributing to the priorities we all share for the city including tackling poverty, giving every child a great start in life, aging well and tackling long term issues through a focus on prevention.”
Andrew Davies, Chair of the ABMU Health Board, said: “This will address current needs and make sure the children born in this community will have access not just to healthcare but to a wide range of services.
“I know it’s been quite a journey since 2003 – local people, the local authority and health board have been really committed to this. I would like to pay tribute to the leader’s team who have worked with ours to deliver this fantastic facility. Lots of people in here have every right to feel very proud of what has been achieved.”
Jonathan Holmes, director of developers Ashley House, added: “We are very proud to have been chosen as the developer on this project. We are not just the developer – we are a social developer and a founder of something called the social stock exchange which is about working to deliver not just financial returns but to deliver and measure the social impact they can help achieve.
“Social impact is very much turbo charged when you get people working together and that is one of the things that attracted us to the project in the first place was the opportunity to help support a project where a family centre and health came together and helped deliver services in a joined-up fashion to people who need those services.”
CAPTION: L-R Andrew Davies, Chair of the ABMU Health Board,Cllr Cyril Anderson, Cllr Lesley Walton, Lord Mayor, Cllr David Hopkins, Cllr Rob Stewart.