Demolition approved for Lansbury Park Surgery in Caerphilly
DEMOLITION work has been confirmed for a disused medical practice as the vacant site could become a hotspot for anti-social behavior.
The surgery closed in 2020 because the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health could not find a replacement for the outgoing doctor.
The building has stood empty since then, and there are now fears it is ‘falling into disrepair’ and becoming ‘a potential magnet for anti-social behaviour’.
Caerphilly County Borough Council said no potential owners had expressed interest in the vacant property, formerly the Lansbury Park surgery, but promised the local community would ‘play a key role’ in future space planes.
Changing the use of the building and providing other services there was “not considered appropriate…due to its condition and configuration”.
The council said earlier this month that the old surgery could be demolished. A commemorative plaque inside the building will be removed and stored securely until new arrangements are made.
Previously, documents suggested that demolition work would start at the end of March – but the planning application does not specify what the land will be used for once the site is demolished.
The demolition request was submitted by Derwyn Pugh of Kier Construction.
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The council will now consider “future options” for the site and consult with the community on all plans.
“Significant investment has been made in Lansbury Park in recent years as part of a targeted regeneration project, in partnership with residents,” said Shayne Cook, Cabinet Member of Caerphilly Council for Social Care and Housing . “We are committed to ensuring that the local community continues to play a key role in the plans for Lansbury Park and this space.”
Cllr Cook added: “We also acknowledge that this space was also used as a place of remembrance for a tragedy that took place in Lansbury Park a few years ago.
“We would like to offer our assurance that the commemorative plaque currently located in the building will be professionally removed and stored securely, until an alternative location is agreed with the family and the local community.”