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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Call for new Cefn Mawr health centre

* Campaigners outside the former Co-op building in Cefn Mawr which they would like to see become a health centre.

A petition has been launched to demand a new health centre for Cefn Mawr.

Clwyd South Assembly Member Ken Skates has been at the forefront of a campaign to lobby Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to find a new premises for Caritas Surgery, and he’s now calling for public support.

The Labour AM said: “Cefn Mawr needs this and I – along with local councillors Ken Bathers and Derek Wright – am determined to help make it happen. If the strength of local feeling over this issue can be conveyed to the health board and replicated in our petition, then we will have a very strong case to make this happen.”

The former Co-op site has long been mooted for a new facility, but the health board says there are ‘some complexities’ over the location.

Cllr Bathers, chairman of Cefn Community Council said: “The people of Cefn and the surrounding area need a new medical centre and the surgery is desperate to move. The building is falling apart and parking is a nightmare. Llangollen has just had a new health centre, so has Chirk, and Ruabon and Rhos have excellent facilities. Cefn deserves something too.

“The old Co-op site ticks all the boxes. It is close to Rhosymedre, which has the highest population of senior citizens in the area, the site is on a bus route and there is ample car parking. It’s the only place that could be used. People need to speak up and sign up.”

Cllr Wright added: “Cefn is long over-due a health centre considering its population and the location. The Caritas practice is not fit for purpose, it has inadequate toilet facilities, poor disabled access and parking is ridiculous. The sooner we get a 21st century centre the better – in line with other major villages and towns south of Wrexham.”

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones said: “There is real need for this in Cefn Mawr and I have given my full support to residents in their campaign. I have signed the petition and will be working with Ken to ensure that local voices are heard.”

The petition can be signed at several places in Cefn, including Caritas Surgery and Cefn Mawr Post Office. Mr Skates will also be at Tesco in Cefn Mawr on the morning of Friday, October 23rd, to gather signatures and support.

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