Parking issue at chosen New Ross site has delayed progress to date
The HSE has confirmed there have been further discussions with the developer for the provision of a Primary Care Centre in New Ross to include identified parking spaces.
In December 2021, on foot of a letter of intention signed by the HSE with a private developer, a planning application was being prepared for the development of a Primary Care Centre adjacent to North Gate Medical Centre on John Street, but the application has yet to be lodged, over one year later. It is understood parking spaces for what would be a busy centre was the sticking point, delaying the project.
The agreement followed protracted negotiations based around the location of the centre.
New Ross is the last of the county’s four main towns to get a Primary Care Centre, with millions spent on facilities in Grogan’s Road in Wexford town, The Palm Centre in Gorey and the new Enniscorthy Primary Care entre just north of the town.
Minister of State James Browne said: “I have been advised that the proposal is under review with the relevant HSE staff locally. A site visit to meet with the developer is currently being scheduled. Following this site visit and agreement, a submission for board approval will be progressed as a matter of priority.”
Mr Browne welcomed the news, saying it will be a great addition to the town and its people.
“A site adjacent to the existing Northgate Medical Centre in John Street, New Ross has been earmarked for the development. The Primary Care Centre project in New Ross envisages people in the town and surrounding areas accessing a full range of community health and primary care services in one location,” HSE spokesperson Fiachra Cilleachair said.
The purpose built facility is due to be operational in 2024.
Expected to cost millions of euros the `one stop shop’ for medical needs ranging from physical to mental ailments, will enhance the medical service provision in the district. It is expected Maryville mental health centre on Cross Street will close and its services will be transferred to the new centre on John Street.
The HSE would not be drawn on whether or not the YMCA building will form part of the complex.
Primary Care Centres elsewhere feature a range of services such as a GP, nursing and allied health professionals.