Markyate Residents are still waiting for the New Medical centre promised by Dacorum Borough Council under the Hicks Road development plan drawn up in 2012.
The original developers Zog Brownfield Developments sold the site to Weson Homes who seem to have sold most of the housing on the site.
As part of the planning permission for the development a medical centre was promised under the section 106 a regulation that requires developers to include a social aspect to mitigate against the impact of a development.
However, the empty shell of the medical centre remains just that, as the NHS/Clinical Commissioning Group don’t appear to have the funds to fit it out.
With the population of the village growing, the existing medical centre can barely cope with the 4,000 patients already on the surgery’s books.
It seems as if a white elephant has been built, yet Dacoroum are happy to tick the box that says developers can say they have met their obligations.
Perhaps it would have been too much common sense to find out in the beginining if the funds where available to fit out the new surgery?
One contractor , speaking off the record, said the building was not suitable for the new surgery while the retail units included in as part of the development are also lying empty.
All in all it’s a rather sorry state of affairs. Three years ago the council said,
“Regeneration of Hicks Road presents the opportunity to create an enlarged Community Health Centre as part of the future redevelopment. This would be a major benefit to the entire village community.”
But for now it remains abandoned and looks to remain so for a while to come.