Bowls association unhappy over GP surgery relocation

MEMBERS of a bowls club are angry at plans to move a doctors’ surgery onto a bowling green.

Carisbrooke Surgery was based at Marlborough House in Warrior Square, St Leonards before a devastating fire broke out on the roof of the building on July 28.

The surgery had to base its services elsewhere but will now be moving to mobile units from next month on the green in Falaise Road.

But members of Falaise Bowls Association are not happy.

Dennis Moon, a long-time member, said: “In my opinion it’s disgraceful, as the association has not been consulted on this at all. The access we had to the bowls pavilion has also been shut off. We have around 500 members, many disabled and in their 80s and 90s.

“It’s totally unnecessary as the surgery could have been located elsewhere.”

Carisbrooke Surgery is expected to be based in Falaise Road for up to 18 months.

Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “After the fire at Marlborough House, it has been essential to relocate both surgeries and the pharmacy as soon as possible to help local residents who are users of these facilities.

“Warrior Square Surgery has been relocated to Cavendish House and as a temporary measure the Carisbrooke Surgery and the pharmacy will be located at one of the disused outdoor bowling greens, White Rock Gardens, Falaise Road in mobile cabins.

“Usual neighbour consultation is currently in progress and will be subject to the council’s customary planning application process.”

Sarah Creamer, NHS England (Surrey and Sussex) director of commissioning, said: “I would like to assure patients from both surgeries that we are taking urgent action alongside both practices to ensure alternative arrangements are in place so that their patients can continue to access services.”