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Councillors urged to free up GP premises; VANDALS COULD MOVE IN IF NO-ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO, PLANNING OFFICER WARNS.

Byline: STEVE EVANS

BOROUGH councillors will decide tomorrow whether to remove a restrictive covenant hampering the future use of a satellite doctors' surgery on Nuneaton's Camp Hill housing estate.

The practice of Drs Jacobs, Jordan, Guest and Waterer has been operating from a surgery at 14 Queen Elizabeth Road for almost 30 years.

An application has now been lodged with the council to have the restrictive covenant on the property removed. The covenant restricts the use of the premises at that address to a doctor's surgery.

A decision was deferred at last month's meeting of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council's cabinet to enable the views of the North Warwickshire Primary Care Trust to be obtained.

The PCT has now written to the council to say it is "unlikely" another practice would move into the surgery.

It adds that the existing practice wants to focus on services at its main surgery in Cambridge Drive, Nuneaton. It has a patient list of 11,500 - 800 of those in Camp Hill.

The PCT's letter points out: "Dr Jacobs and partners have been advertising to appoint an additional partner to this practice for three years, without success. The Nuneaton and Bedworth locality is seriously under-doctored."

The closure of the Camp Hill surgery has been agreed by the Community Health Council, the Health Authority and the Local Medical Committee, and the borough council's cabinet will be told at its meeting tomorrow that three other GP practices have regular sessions at the Camp Hill Family Care Centre in Ramsden Avenue.

Planning officer Nick Blamire-Brown recommends in a report to cabinet that councillors agree to release the restrictive covenant. He said: "It is highly unlikely that the owners would be able to secure a sale or letting of the property for a doctor's surgery and the void property may become a target for vandalism."
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