Topping out ceremony at new centre

Walsall Mayor – and Pelsall councillor – Garry Perry led the topping out ceremony at the village’s new £4 million community building yesterday.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member for leisure and culture; Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Garry Perry and Jonathan Kell, ISG managing director -Midlands on the site of the new library, health and children's centre in Pelsall.

The event marked the roof going on to the library, health and children’s centre. The next stage will see work starting on the internal fixtures and fittings.

Coun Perry said: “With the completion of the external structure people can now really see the project starting to move forward and these are without doubt exciting times as we get closer to the doors being opened to the public for the first time later this year.

“This is going to be a really significant focal point for the people of Pelsall bringing together key services under one roof and it’s great to see it really starting to take shape now.”

The building in High Street is a joint initiative between Walsall Council, NHS Walsall and Walsall Children’s Services Serco. Construction work is being carried out by ISG.

On the ground floor will be the library, pharmacy and children’s centre together with health offices and treatment rooms. Upstairs will be the first floor health centre with space for four GP practices. It will feature a large central open plan waiting area with treatment and consultation rooms around the perimeter.

It is scheduled to open this autumn.

In the meantime, villagers have been asked to name the new centre.

The shortlist of names is:
Pelsall Village Centre
Pelsall Centre for Healthy Minds and Bodies
Pelsall Family Wellbeing Centre
Pelsall Village Wellbeing Centre
Pelsall Common View
HELP Centre (Health, Education, Library and Pharmacy).

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