The proposed new Health Hub at Penarth Leisure Centre would be built on the tennis courts behind the existing building. Access would be via the Leisure Centre itself.
The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board – the organisation that runs local NHS hospital services – is proposing to build a new medical centre/general practitioner’s surgery on what are now the tennis courts of Penarth Leisure Centre in Cogan.
The Health Board want to build what’s called a “Health and Wellbeing Facility” to include a GP (General Practice) Surgery at the rear of Penarth Leisure Centre. It describes the project as the “Eastern Vale Integrated Cluster Hub”
The relatively modern Redlands Road surgery would be closed and patients would need to go to the Cogan “Health Hub” – at Penarth Leisure Centre to see a doctor
The scheme also appears to involve the closure of the existing GP surgeries in Redlands Road and in Station Road Penarth.
Patients currently attending Redlands Road and Station Road GP surgeries would have to go to the yet-to-be-built Cogan / Penarth Health Hub when it’s opened . The hub would also feature “additional primary care facilities”. Redlands Road and Station Road surgeries would be closed.
The existing GP surgery at Station Road , Penarth is said to be in a “poor state of repair” – and would be closed. Patients would have to attend the new Cogan “Health Hub” to see a GP.
The Board first broached the health hub idea in July 2016 and then came back to the Vale of Glamorgan council – which owns the Leisure Centre – in October this year to say this was its “preferred location”
The Board says that basing the new medical centre at the Penarth Leisure Centre would “increase footfall” for the Leisure Centre itself – particularly during the day and would assist Legacy Leisure [ the company that operates the Leisure Centre on behalf of the Vale Council] to attract “new customers”.
The tarmac tennis courts behind the Penarth Leisure Centre would be removed to make way for the new Health Hub
The construction on the new “health hub” would mean the loss of the tennis courts at Penarth Leisure Centre . The Health Board is proposing to “suitably compensate” the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the loss of the tennis courts.The Health Board wants to obtain a 125 year lease on the land
The Vale Council’s ruling ‘cabinet’ has also been reminded that there would need to be negotiations with Legacy Leisure regarding access to the “Health Hub” ( by walking through the Leisure Centre) – and also about “compensation for the loss of the tennis courts”. Legacy Leisure has already indicated “strong support for the project”.
The Health Board is now asking for an agreement in principle from the Vale of Glamorgan Council before starting any detailed consultation and design – but says that “a final decision to proceed can only be agreed once all of the outcomes can be considered.
Changes will be needed in car parking arrangements for Leisure Centre users to make way for surgery patients
The Board also points out that “some improvements to the existing Car Parking arrangements would also need to be discussed”
Planning permission has not yet been applied for – that will come later. All that’s been asked for by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board now is “agreement in principle” for the health hub idea – so they can go ahead with the design and planning
The original idea for the Health Hub came from the Health Board and is not an initiative of the Vale of Glamorgan Council itself – the council is just the landowner and, in any case, holds the land in trust for the people of Penarth .
The “Cogan Dip” is an Air Quality Management area which continues to have high rates of air pollution – the worst in the Vale of Glamorgan . It’s also walked by pedestrians of all ages
In considering the planning application in due course, the Vale Council also will need determine how much extra traffic the new Health Hub will create for the Cogan end of Windsor Road – which is already the worst traffic blackspot in Penarth .