Demolition work has started at a former GP practice in Caerphilly almost two years after it closed.
Lansbury Park surgery was one of two surgeries to close in April 2020, forcing nearly 4,000 patients to relocate. It closed following the retirement of Dr Fakande and has remained vacant ever since.
Despite advertising by the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health for a new GP to take over, no one applied.
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In January 2022, a planning application was submitted by Kier Construction to Caerphilly Borough Council to demolish the building. On February 11, the council announced that it would go ahead with the destruction of the building.
According to the council, the property, which is surrounded by council land, was not deemed suitable for the provision of alternative services due to its “condition and configuration”. Thus, the decision was made to proceed with the demolition to prevent “the building from falling into disrepair and becoming a potential magnet for anti-social behavior”.
Pictures show the old surgery reduced to a pile of rubble as demolition work is underway.
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However, the decision to tear down the operation drew backlash from locals and councillors.
Councilor Christine Forehead, who represents the St James ward where the surgery is located, said in January this year she disagreed with the demolition and instead called for the building to be used as a community centre.
She said: “The loss of the surgery was a huge blow to the community, and now this. I am very afraid that we will again become the most disadvantaged place.
In 2014 Lansbury Park was named the most deprived area in Wales by the Welsh Multiple Deprivation Index. In 2019 it was ranked third most deprived and was listed as the most deprived area in South Wales.
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