Mike Weatherley, Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has written to Brighton & Hove City Council to highlight his support for the plans for a new medical centre at Holy Trinity Church.
The new surgery, which will be home to both the Sackville Medical Centre and Central Hove Surgery, is proposed for the empty Holy Trinity Church on Blatchington Road. The new combined practice will offer patients excellent new facilities in the heart of Hove.
Holy Trinity Church was completed in 1861 and has received Grade II listed status in 1992. The church finally closed in 2007 and faced an uncertain future until the new medical centre was proposed.
In his letter to Brighton & Hove City Council, Mike said: “The Sackville Medical Centre and Central Hove Surgery have been looking to find suitable accommodation for over eight years, having very much outgrown their current facilities.
“Holy Trinity is the only site that is both affordable and big enough and has been vacant for years but now will have a new role in the heart of the local community. Its location is in the centre of the patient population and conveniently placed for public transport at the same time as providing improved access and facilities for patients.
“Crucially, the proposed plans allow for the development of much-needed new and improved primary care services for Hove which are restricted by the present location’s of respective medical practices.”
Commenting, Mike said: “I was delighted to be able to support the planning application for a new medical centre at Holy Trinity Church. I know that staff from both the Sackville Medical Centre and Central Hove Surgery have been working hard to make sure that patients get new up-to-date facilities that they deserve and so I hope that this application to Brighton & Hove City Council is successful.”