Councillors team up in fight for new health centre in Burntwood

Cllr Alan White

Cllr Alan White

Councillors are putting political rivalries aside in a bid to kickstart plans for a new health centre in Burntwood.

The long-awaited project has stalled in recent months, despite repeated appeals from local representatives.

Now Alan White, the Conservative Cabinet Member for Care Services at Staffordshire County Council, and Sue Woodward, Deputy Leader of the Labour Opposition, have joined forces in a bid to get things going on the proposed development at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

Cllr White said: “The health needs of the Burntwood community are well-documented and this development is very important to the local community. It’s therefore also important that politicians of all persuasions work together to get the services the town needs, deserves and has been promised.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Woodward added: “This issue goes way beyond party politics and I’m grateful to Cllr White and to colleagues from Labour and Conservative parties for continuing to press for this facility.

“Burntwood does not want to be short-changed yet again.”

Last year, councillors were told that the proposals for a new health centre in Burntwood promised after the closure of both St Matthew’s and Hammerwich hospitals, were on hold and being reassessed by NHS England.

“We have to keep the focus on the strong case for better health facilities in Burntwood and trust that NHS England will do the right thing,” Cllr Woodward added.

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