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Agenda Item No 4

The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee: 13th March 2017


Report of the Director of Environmental and Housing Services


Primary Health Care Facility, Local Health Board proposal at Penarth Leisure Centre

Purpose of the Report

  1. To provide an update on the request by the University Health Board to locate a Primary Health Care Facility on land adjacent to Penarth Leisure Centre.


  1. That Committee notes the contents of the report.

Reasons for the Recommendations

  1. To ensure that Committee is aware of the potential implications of the proposed development.


  1. Councillor Ian Johnson has submitted a 'consideration of matter' requesting a discussion on the implications to the general public in respect of General Practice services and access in the Penarth area. In addition information has been requested on the potential removal of the Tennis Courts, wider public health issues and implications for the Council's Leisure management contract with Legacy Leisure.
  2. Councillor Johnson also requested that a member of the Local Health Board be present at the meeting to answer any queries that may arise from both the Scrutiny Committee members and the general public who have pertinent issues that they may wish to raise. The Director of Capital, Estates and Facilities, Geoff Walsh and the Head of Primary Care, Rhian Bond, will be in attendance at the meeting as representatives of the Health Board.
  3. Following the request of Councillor Ian Johnson members are reminded that Cabinet (Minute No.C3401 - 12 December, 2016) stated:                               

(1)     THAT 'in principle' support to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board be given to the proposal to locate a modern Health and Wellbeing facility to include a GP Surgery adjacent to Penarth Leisure Centre.

(2)     T H A T the Director of Environmental and Housing Services be authorised to commence detailed negotiations with the University Health Board and Legacy Leisure to progress this potential proposal.

(3)     T H A T a further report be presented to Cabinet before any final agreement is made between all relevant parties.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. As detailed in the Cabinet Report 12 December, 2016 the potential locating of a primary Health Care Facility at Penarth Leisure Centre would bring significant opportunities. These would include a greater footfall to the Leisure Centre providing an opportunity to attract more customers, making the best use of ancillary facilities such as the car park and café, the potential replacement of underused area of the Leisure site, the tennis courts, with a new facility elsewhere on the site.
  2. It is also acknowledged that the University Health Board are committed to undertake a public consultation exercise in relation to the potential relocating of the station Road and Redlands GP practices. The results of these consultations will inform any decision they make.
  3. Since the 'in principle' support was agreed by Cabinet, legal representatives from both organisations have been discussing the issues likely to arise and are seeking to produce a draft agreement for further consideration. Recommendation (3) of the Cabinet Report of 12 December, 2016 ensures that all Members are kept informed of any agreement before a final decision is taken.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The full resource implications of the proposals will only be known once a consultation has been undertaken and a design submitted by the University Health Board. It is however accepted by the University Health Board that the Council is not looking to provide any additional funding for the project and is looking for compensation for both the loss of the Tennis courts and the potential loss of income claim from Legacy Leisure.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. It is understood that the new healthcare facility will be designed to exceed current sustainability standards and be as energy efficient as possible.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. Full legal implications will only become known once a project plan has been developed and will be reported in full to Cabinet in a future report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. The provision of a Health and Wellbeing facility at the site will increase the footfall at the facility. Generally this tends to have a positive effect on Crime and Disorder issues as more visitors to a site act a deterrent to anti-social behaviour.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. There are no known equal opportunity implications relating to this report at present. Any proposal would need to be the subject of an equal opportunities assessment.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Outcome 4 Objective 7 - Work in partnership to deliver a range of activities through our leisure and community facilities and parks to increase levels of participation and physical activity.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Ward member consultation took place on the original Cabinet report.

Background Papers


Contact Officer

David Knevett, Operational Manager, Leisure

Officers Consulted

Operational Manager; Finance

Operational manger, Property

Committee Reports

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter - Director of Environment and Housing