Shropshire

Church Stretton residents plan their own health centre

Plan of the proposed clinic
Image caption The campaign's leader Bob Welch said plans for the health centre were "ambitious"

Residents in a Shropshire market town are raising money to buy and set up their own local health centre.

The Community Wellbeing Appeal in Church Stretton needs £1m to purchase and restore a semi-redundant building next to a GP surgery.

"Rather than have a block of flats built on it, we would rather have a local resource," said Bob Welch, leader of the campaign.

He plans to open a centre where medical and social services are housed.

The building has been granted planning permission, and the appeal group said in the long-term it would be self-financing from rental income.

Mr Welch admitted the scheme was "ambitious" in its drive to raise £100,000 by Christmas.

Mr Welch, who is a former consultant in social care, said every local family would benefit so a pledge from people living in the area "would be a most worthwhile investment".

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