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Building work on Buckley health centre could start in August

BUILDING work on a long-awaited health centre for Buckley could start in August.

The town council has been fighting for more than 10 years to have a new facility for the town and, although outline plans for a development on the former Ysgol Belmont site on Mill Lane were approved in 2010, the process had been held up by a dispute between the district valuer and developer over the rental value of the site.

The facility was given the go-ahead by the Welsh Government in March and Buckley Mountain councillor Carol Ellis said the developer would submit detailed plans for the facility in June.

She said: “I’ve been asked for my support as ward member and if everything goes to plan they could commence building work in late August or early September.

“The only caveat I’ve put in is that something is done about the roads.

“On Liverpool Road and Alltami Road at about 4.30pm the traffic builds up all the way up to Belmont Crescent.

“We need to take professional advice on what can be done with the roads, to just leave them the way they are will not be acceptable.”

The plans will go back to the county council’s executive committee for approval.

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said they had not yet received a planning application for the site.

A spokesman for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We can confirm that we are now at the planning stage for the new Buckley Health Centre.

“Building will start work once planning approval has been received and the acquisition of the site completed.”