IT WAS confirmed last week that Transport Scotland has removed its objections to the Score Group’s impressive plans for a new surgery at Crimond.
Transport Scotland previously recommended refusal with regards to the plans on the grounds that the proposed access did not meet its criteria in terms of visibility and traffic safety, however withdrew the objection last week.
The new community resource facility, which is being funded by Score Group, will be a state-of-the-art facility, developed on a nine-acre site on the outskirts of the Buchan village.
Both Practice Manager Caroline Ironside and Dr Robert Murray were delighted that the planning of the new surgery can move forward into its next stages.
Caroline said: “The staff at the surgery are just delighted and we are glad that everything is finally moving forward with the planning side.”
Dr Murray added: “We are just over the moon. We are extremely lucky, many other surgeries in Grampian are in need of improvements but the NHS simply do not have the funds. We have a private individual who is willing to support the project and that is just fantastic.”
At the moment, Crimond Medical Group is situated on a very small plot, meaning space around the building is very limited for both car parking and ambulance access. The building, which has been on the site since 1980, has had three extensionsm, yet is still half the size it should be for the services it can provide.
The new surgery will mean that more services can be made available to the public, as well as a public gym, community cafe and new pharmacy.
“I think it is recognised by many that the building has reached the end of its life. Parking is a huge problem here and the new build on green land will solve this problem,” said Dr Murray.
Members of the public have reacted very positively to the new surgery plans, which will act as a hub for the community.
Secretary of the Buchan East Community Council, Ursula Fullerton, said: “We, as a community, are looking forward to this project getting started as it will be a great benefit to the village and surrounding areas.
“It will hopefully create more employment in the area as well.”
The surgery serves the parishes of Crimond, St. Fergus, Rathen, Cairnbulg, Lonmay, Inverallochy and St. Combs, and a large proportion of Score staff live in these villages.
Score set up the Crimond Charitable Trust, which will own and manage the proposed new facility. The building will be administratively supported by Score and endowed by the company.
A Score Group spokesman said: “We are very happy that Permission in Principle has been granted albeit with a number of conditions which it is hoped can be met through co-operation with all agencies concerned.
“It is desirable that the detailed Planning and Building Warrant stages can be progressed in order that the enhanced medical and community facilities can be provided to the people of Crimond and the six surrounding parishes in as short a timeframe as possible.
“Ideally the Detailed Planning should be submitted and approved within 4-6 months and the Building Warrant will follow thereafter.”
Councillor Anne Allan was also complimentary of the project stating: “I am delighted, this is very good news for Crimond and hopefully things can progress now.”