New Surgery Update

The new surgery story continues ….. and this time it appears to be good news!!

Most of you reading this article will no doubt remember all of the positive talk a few years back about the prospects for a new doctors’ surgery in St Day and you will probably also remember that these plans appeared to have been scuppered when the Day Lewis pharmacy group gained permission from NHS England to open a pharmacy in the former Fish and Chip shop in Scorrier Street. In spite of the benefits which having a pharmacy in St Day would bring it would also have meant that the doctors would not have been able to dispense medicines from a new surgery, being too close to a pharmacy, and the loss of income from this would have meant that the surgery would not have been viable. It would very likely have also meant that the existing surgery would have had to close, leaving St Day with no surgery at all.

St Day Parish Council, with the support of the local surgeries and many residents, organised the opposition to the new pharmacy which culminated in a public meeting with all concerned. Fortunately. at the public meeting, the Day Lewis group was made fully aware of the opposition to its proposal and, under great pressure, withdrew its plan.

Since then a great deal of discussion has been going on in the background between St Day Parish Council, the Carn to Coast surgery and a local charity and we are now able to tell you that the WJ Mills (Cottages) Trust has agreed to buy the vacant plot of land at the top of the new Mineral Way development on Telegraph Hill and that the Trust is having plans drawn up to build a doctors’ surgery there. Negotiations are currently taking place with the Carn to Coast surgery to reach an agreement for them to rent the premises. There will then be much discussion between the trustees, the local planning authority and the partners of the Carn to Coast practice to agree a suitable design but it is very much hoped that a planning application can be submitted before the end of this year with a view to work commencing some time in 2019 on a new surgery, provided that planning permission is granted. The prospects are looking good, however we thought they were before the Day Lewis group intervened so we need to proceed with caution.

We are very grateful to the trustees of the WJ Mills (Cottages) Trust for rescuing this idea at a point when all seemed lost and, if successful, it will mean that the Trust, which already provides 42 properties for rent in St Day, is able to provide even further support for a wider cross section of the residents of this parish. We are also grateful to the Temple family who have held on to the plot of land and did not sell it for affordable housing because they wanted to see a new surgery built there for everyone in St Day.

Hopefully we will now be in a position to give you regular updates!

Geothermal Energy Project, United Downs, June update

It seems these sort of things never quite run to plan and it is comforting to know that it isn’t just in this country that projects overrun!
It appears that the drilling rig has been further delayed on its current project in Finland and will not now arrive until August with a projected start time for drilling of mid September and a projected finish date of March 2019.

Chacewater & Devoran Surgeries – Bank Holiday opening hours

Over the May Bank Holidays the Chacewater & Devoran Surgeries will operate the following opening hours:
Saturday 05 May Chacewater surgery only open from 08.30 – 11.30 for pre-booked appointments only

Sunday 06 May Both surgeries closed

Monday 07 May Both surgeries closed

Saturday 26 May Chacewater surgery only open from 08.30 – 11.30 for pre-booked appointments only

Sunday 27 May Both surgeries closed

Monday 28 May Both surgeries closed

In a medical emergency please dial 999
If you require any medical advice please telephone 111 (NHS 111) and you will speak to the National Out of Hours service

Vacancy for Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

As our current Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer will be retiring at the end of September we are inviting applications for his replacement.

This is a part-time, salaried role of 10.5 hours per week and the salary will be paid in accordance with the NALC agreed LC2 salary scales in the range from £4,950 to £6,950, depending on experience and qualifications.

Responsibilities will include acting as the Council’s Financial Officer, organising meetings, taking and producing minutes, liaising with outside bodies, researching and advising on procedures and other issues and actioning the Council’s decisions.

Full training will be given with a handover period if required.

For further details, including the job specification, anyone interested in this position should contact the current Parish Clerk at stdaypc@gmail.com or call 01209 821829

The closing date for applications is 31st May, 2018.