WORK has finally started on a £6 million health centre.
Contractual wranglings had delayed the beginning of work at the Liverpool Road site in Buckley, following a 12-year battle to secure the facility.
Planning consent was finally given for the building, which will replace the existing health centre on Padeswood Road, in February following what one councillor has described as a ‘tortuous’ process.
But work has now got under way on the £6.8m project, which will house two general practices with 12 consulting rooms, as well as ancillary support rooms.
Town councillor Ron Hampson said: “To see work begin is a big relief.
“There is no question it is a definite start and everyone is pleased it has finally got under way.
“To say the process has been tortuous is an understatement – it has gone on and on.
“Letters have been circulated to nearby residents saying the work has started.
“I am just pleased that all the contract issues now seem to have been resolved.”
The construction of the new health centre is expected to last 12 months, but any hopes it would have been built by March were dashed following contact wrangles with developers and GP surgeries which stalled works.
Ysgol Belmont has already been demolished to make way for the health centre and workers were seen on-site on Friday erecting signs and bollards as well as laying concrete to create access.
The health centre will ensure provision for health board care services, including district nurses and midwives.
Parking for more than 100 vehicles will be available while proposals for dental facilities and a pharmacy have also been made.
A spokesman for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We are pleased to confirm that contracts were exchanged for the project last week and that the contractor has started work on preparing the site area.
“Following the Christmas break the main construction work will begin.”