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Local Life - Wigan - March 2018

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54 Race against time for

54 Race against time for centre Campaigners are in a race against time to secure a brand new health centre for Orrell. Orrell Methodist Church - the preferred site for a new centre - is set to close on the final Sunday in May. Local church leaders are now hoping that, before responsibility for the site transfers back to the national Methodist Church body, they can present a case for using the land at Church Drive as a health centre. However, Local Life understands that the project’s viability rests on whether local GPs at Orrell Surgery are willing to move. If they don’t, it’s been suggested that any funding set aside for the building would be lost and the site would be put up for sale on the open market. The site is widely seen as the only viable location for a health centre in this part of Orrell. A meeting between the key players was scheduled to take place as Local Life went to press. Keith Trencher, of Orrell Methodist Church, told Local Life: “After the end of May, responsibility for the church falls back to the national Methodist Church organisation. So we have until then to put together a plan to present to the national body who can then take it forward. After May, it would be out of our hands locally. “Orrell has needed a health centre for 40 years, and we hope this site can provide it.” MP Yvonne Fovargue confirmed that she’s held talks with a representative from the surgery, and reiterated her call for the doctors to sign up. As Local Life went to press, Orrell Surgery had not responded to our request for a comment.

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