Plans for a new health hub in the centre of Worthing are set to go on display to the public next week.
In a bid to make best use of its land and improve the quality of care received by patients, Worthing Borough Council is developing a proposal to create a one-stop hub on part of the town hall car park in Stoke Abbott Road.
The £18.5 million investment in public services could see brand new facilities providing primary care, such as GP surgeries, alongside mental health and community services.
Initial proposals will go on display on Wednesday March 21 from 2pm to 8pm in the Richmond Rooms of Worthing Assembly Hall. All are welcome.
Councillor Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “This is an excellent example of how the council is using its resources and excellent relationships with health sector partners to invest in our town.
“Worthing needs new, modern health facilities that are large enough to cater for our growing population and will ensure residents receive the best possible public services.
“I look forward to seeing the initial plans and hope as many people as possible will come to the session to share their views.”
The 1.5 hectare site on the corner of Stoke Abbott Road and Christchurch Road is currently used for parking by town hall staff.
The plan was given initial backing by councillors in December 2016, who released funding received through the Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate programme.
Since then officers have been working with partners in the NHS and the community to investigate the feasibility of a proposed development.
Initial plans on display at the public consultation will give an outline of the proposal and details on how it will develop moving forward.
Any comments will be used to help shape the final development before a planning application is submitted to Worthing Borough Council later this year.
Work could start in spring 2019 with the building complete by the end of 2020.