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Kinglass Centre Repurposing Works

This post is to make Kinglass patients aware that building works are imminently underway to repurpose what were the Council’s Social Service offices within the Kinglass Centre. The Contractor's works will begin to impact the existing car parking facilities at this site in the near future.
After repeated prompting by the Practice during the departure of Social Services in 2019, Falkirk Council’s Education Services did inform the Practice in broad terms, of their intention to repurpose the Council’s operating space into an Early Years Nursery facility.
The Health Board lease the Practice area from Falkirk Council and the Practice lease from the Health Board. Both the Health Board and the Practice have tried to get explicit information shared with them regarding the repurposing works since 2019 but only heard in the last few weeks that the build was starting.
While the Practice was busy navigating its way through the COVID pandemic, a planning application was submitted in March 2020 and approved in June 2020. Neither the Practice nor the Health Board were aware of the documents submitted as part of this application or were asked for comments. We discovered this in the last few days.
The Practice has never opposed the Council’s intentions in principle but we had always communicated that we wished to review the technical plans once completed and to discuss an impact assessment. This has never happened.
Disappointingly, we do not feel the Council are consulting appropriately with the Practice or the Health Board given our historically shared occupancy in the building and the nature of our community healthcare operations. We are working with the Health Board to address this.
Meanwhile, the Practice sincerely apologises in advance for any inconvenience our service users may experience when accessing the car parking facilities or if in the building in the foreseeable future.
As an NHS service user, any concerns you may have about the repurposing at this site will have more impact if made directly to NHS Forth Valley Health Board.
The main contractor for the works will be the Hadden Group. Any site related Health and Safety concerns can be directed to the Hadden Group or to Falkirk Council who have commissioned the work. 
Please contact Falkirk Council directly regarding planning decision queries.
on behalf of the Partners and staff
KINGLASS MEDICAL PRACTICE
 

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