Pelsall centre given the go ahead

Pelsall health, library and children’s centre has officially received the go ahead after the council and NHS Walsall signed the project’s Development Agreement.

This is the key document that formalises the legal process which enables the project to move ahead and releases the second and final contribution from the NHS of £1.915m.

In the coming weeks, the contractor for the £4.5m project will be appointed and move on site to begin demolishing the old buildings as early as the end of April.

Library staff are now preparing to re-house stock at the neighbourhood offices in Norton Road, which will become the temporary home of the library during the project’s construction.

Sue Grainger, head of libraries, heritage and arts at Walsall Council said: “We’re delighted to confirm that the Development Agreement for the Pelsall health, library and children’s centre has been agreed.

“This document is the key legal agreement which releases the final contribution of £1.9m from NHS Walsall for the project and now enables us to appoint a contractor to start on site.

“Local people and library users will begin to see changes taking place at the end of the month.”

The new building will house the library and include accommodation for the GP practices currently providing services directly to Pelsall residents. A resident Health Visitors team, clinical facilities for podiatry, physiotherapy, District Nurse consultation rooms and a range of multi-use, flexible clinical rooms will also be based there.

The centre will provide more than 30 car parking spaces for visitors and centre staff. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2012.

*Walsall Council press release

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