A new medical centre for Wednesbury has been given the go-ahead despite fears over parking and traffic congestion.

The health facility on King Street will be the new home for Spires GP Practice along with housing the district nurses and podiatry services currently run from Mesty Croft Clinic in Alma Street.

Sandwell planning committee approved the scheme which will provide 13 consulting rooms and 32 parking spaces for staff and patients.

The centre will be built on the site of the Former Kingsbury House And Resource Centre - which was demolished in 2008 - and to the rear of the Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

Artist's graphic of the new medical centre on King Street, Wednesbury.
Artist's graphic of the new medical centre on King Street, Wednesbury.
 

Steven Sutton, who lives opposite the proposed site, told committee members residents on King Street were concerned that when the car park was full patients would park in the nearest road rather than use spaces in the leisure centre.

He also said the scheme required the road to become two-way road instead of the existing one-way traffic system.

Cllr Peter Hughes, asking the committee to support the scheme, said Wednesbury had been waiting for a new health centre for some years.

He added: “The NHS and the council, I believe, are building this new health centre as a flagship project. One of the first partnerships of its kind across the country.

“From that point of view it is a prime project for Sandwell and for Wednesbury.”

Artist's graphic of the new medical centre on King Street, Wednesbury.
Artist's graphic of the new medical centre on King Street, Wednesbury.

Saying he understood residents' concerns, he added: “I do think there is sufficient parking within the site and that the planning officers have insisted on the correct amount and there is provision for overflow.

“As people attending the surgery get used to it they will access the leisure centre’s car park as well as the surgery’s.”

The plans also included the construction of five homes on the north of the site with additional parking.

A suggestion that residents parking permit be set up was rejected after officers said many of the homes on Kings Street already had off road parking provision.

Councillors passed the proposal unanimously.