Six local doctors commit to Balbriggan care centre
THE developer behind the much talked about Balbriggan Primary Care Centre project hopes to turn the sod on the building this summer having secured the co-operation of six local GPs to operate from the centre on Dublin Street.
It appears to be full steam ahead for the long-awaited project now with planning permission secured and the agreement of six local GPs to operate from new building opposite the Texaco garage on Dublin Street.
Speaking exclusively to the Fingal Independent, developer, AJ Noonan of Rhonellen Developments confirmed that 'a lot of work with the local GPS, we have secured six GPs from Balbriggan to operate in the centre'.
The Balbriggan Primary Care Centre developer said that there were legal documents still to be signed on the deal but pending the completion of that work, he hoped to 'turn the sod' on the project at the Dublin Street site this summer.
Planning permission was granted last year for the construction of a massive €10 million primary care centre in Balbriggan that will create 100 jobs in the building phase and 80 jobs when it opens.
Mr. Noonan said he was 'delighted' to have secure planning permission for the project.
The project was the subject of national controversy when it appeared on a shortlist of priority primary care centres.
But since then it has been removed from that list and proceeded separately from that process under what is called a 'direct lease' arrangement.
In this arrangement, the developer secures the building and GP co-operation for the centre and then invites the HSE to lease the building and provide other healthcare professionals to staff it.
Cllr. Tom O'Leary (FG) said he was 'delighted' with the news that local GPs have reached agreement with the developer to operate in the new primary care centre.
He said: 'Balbriggan is a growing town with a population in excess of 20,000 and it has waited many years for this primary care centre.
'This centre has been on the HSE's priority list for approximately eight years and has had a few false starts at alternative locations, which did not prove suitable in the final analysis.'