Steve Double MP raises concerns over new use for Woodland Road surgery ahead of tonight’s planning meeting

Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has met with Cornwall Councillor for Mount Charles Richard Pears ahead of a meeting on the future of the former woodland road surgery building tonight.

Concerns have recently been raised that the former surgery could be turned into a house of multiple occupancy catering for people with chaotic lifestyles.

Commenting, Steve said:

“It was good to meet with local Cornwall Councillor Richard Pears ahead of the St Austell Town Council meeting to discuss the future of the former Woodland Road surgery.”

“I have been approached by many residents who are concerned that any future plans for this building could lead to its use as a house of multiple-occupancy for people with chaotic lifestyles.”

“I am pleased that the applicants have come out and categorically stated that they do not plan to use this building in this manner.”

“I will watch the outcome of tonight’s meeting with interest. I will do all I can to ensure the concerns of local people are addressed and oppose anything that risks an increase of antisocial behaviour in the town."

Commenting, Mount Charles Cornwall Councillor Richard Pears said:

“It was good to meet with Steve to discuss the concerns raised with me by many residents about the application on the old Woodland Road surgery and this location, opposite a school and children's park is completely inappropriate.”

“Anti-social behaviour and anything that could encourage it is simply unacceptable.”

“While I am reassured by the comments made by the applicants I will be sure to represent the concerns raised to me by the wider Mount Charles community at tonight’s meeting.”