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A thousand new residents
11:44am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Letters
SO, Ainscough Strategic Land wants to develop up to 250 homes in the Dane Valley to create Northwich Meadows. The plan to build two, three, four and five bedroom prestigious and social homes should attract families to the Leftwich area. At a guess this could be at least 1,000 new residents moving into the vicinity.
Already there are concerns about increased traffic, pressure on local schools and unethical building on a flood plain. Yet there seems to be a lack of thought about the extra pressure on local dental and medical services to cater for an increased population. Ainscough failed to provide any answers to this scenario at its “consultation” in June. Their plans assume that the current practices can absorb more patients, yet Ainscough did not say whether these practices were already oversubscribed.
Within two miles of the proposed development there are three medical centres and four dental practices, all within the radius of the town centre and on main arterial road routes. I moved into the area recently, I had to wait three months to get a place with my local dentist, then two weeks for a registration appointment. When registering at my medical centre I had to wait a week for an initial GP appointment.
Yes, these practices could expand their service provision with the towns growing population but what about the long term implications? More patients means longer waiting times for appointments. Health is really important. I just hope that CWAC has the foresight to explore these health matters when considering the meadows development before Northwich residents have to wait even longer for an appointment in the future.
B Caldwell Leftwich
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