Sod-cutting ceremony marks development of Colne Health Centre

Dr Ions, chief clinical officer of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Harry Pickles (friends of PCT) are pictured with others at the site of Colne Health Centre on Craddock Road in Colne.
Dr Ions, chief clinical officer of East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Harry Pickles (friends of PCT) are pictured with others at the site of Colne Health Centre on Craddock Road in Colne.

AN official sod-cutting ceremony has been held to mark the development of a £4.33m. primary care health centre in Colne.

Taking place on the former Kwik Save site in Craddock Road, the event was hailed as “a good day for the residents of Colne and beyond” by chief clinical officer at East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Mike Ions.

It is expected Colne Health Centre will be complete in February, 2014, after it was given approval by councillors in December.

Dr Ions added: “I am delighted to be able to support this construction, which I am confident will make a real difference to people’s lives. The building will create a modern 21st Century healthcare centre for the community with more space and facilities than before.

“Getting to this point has undeniably been a lengthy process, however, East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group has been supportive throughout and has long recognised the need for a new health centre.”

Mr Harry Pickles, Colne resident and member of NHS East Lancashire’s Critical Friends Group, said: “I am delighted to the see the new health centre construction finally underway.”