With hundreds of new homes built in recent years and more on the way, big changes are planned to accommodate them in a Nottinghamshire village.
A bid for a new health centre and plans for a new primary school are both in the pipeline for East Leake after an influx of new homes to the once quiet village.
Residents have been asked to support a bid for a new Health and Community Hub in the centre of the village at the current building’s site with a campaign launched.
Conservative MP for Rushcliffe Ruth Edwards is working with Rushcliffe Borough Council and local health authorities to bid for funding from the Government’s £4.8bn ‘Levelling Up Fund’.
East Leake Health Centre is one of the oldest health centres in Nottinghamshire.
Rushcliffe’s MP says it is no longer big enough to serve the growing population in the village and is in need of “significant refurbishment.”
If successful, the bid will transform the centre into a modern, purpose-built Health and Community Hub that can house multiple services such as physiotherapy, a pharmacy and social services such as a library.
Dr Fraser, a GP partner at the health centre said: “A new health centre would give us the ability to provide a far wider range of services and higher quality of service to our patients.”
Ruth Edwards MP added: “East Leake Health Centre has been in need of refurbishment for some time now, so I am delighted to be joining with Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group to campaign for a modern Health and Community Hub
“I am urging everyone in the village and the surrounding areas to put their weight behind this campaign and show how much we need this facility.”
Ruth is urging residents in the area to back the bid in order to show the strength of local support for this new facility. Residents can join others in registering their support by going to the MP’s website.
‘Back the Bid’ flyers are also being delivered in East Leake so that residents can sign up to support it by post as well as online.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Simon Robinson added: “I ask all residents of East Leake to support the Rushcliffe and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group bid to Central Government to provide a new state of the art Community Hub in the village.
“Bringing services together such as the local GPs, pharmacy and the library will bring huge benefits to the village and all the users of these services. The new Community Hub at Cotgrave we built a few years ago has proved very successful and we aim to bring all the benefits we have seen there to East Leake.”
New primary school
Meanwhile, a proposal is in the pipeline for outline permission for the construction of a primary school for up to 2-forms of entry (in phases), plus a 26 place nursery with car parking is also planned.
The Nottinghamshire County Council application also proposes areas of soft play, hard play, grass playing field with landscaping works, the erection of two-metre high-security fencing and gates.
The school would be built on land to the north of Rempstone Road, where more houses are being built.
It is recommended that the county council be informed that Rushcliffe Borough Council does not object to the proposal.
A resident welcomed the two schemes and said an investment in infrastructure was “desperately needed” to accommodate new homes.
Jess Fleming, 33, of East Leake, said: “I know families who are sending their kids to Gotham primary school because the ones here are full so a new school is desperately needed.
“I think a new health centre would also be great. Demand is only going to go up, it’s so important we adapt the village with the more numbers.”