More than half-a-million pounds spent on health

MORE than £500,000 has been handed over to help to fund improved health services in Felpham and North Bersted.

The six-figure sum was passed on by Arun District Council to the NHS after it was received from the developers of the 1,400-plus homes on the site six estates.

Formal notice of the decision to pay the funding was given to all members of the council last night.

The move was approved by the council’s cabinet in September. Peter Cleveland, an Arun senior planner, told the cabinet in a report that £385,395.63 had been received for Bersted as required under a planning obligation dated August 4, 2006. “The health service anticipated this contribution being received and has completed works to replace and upgrade the former Bersted Green Surgery,” he said.

“The surgery was opened in May, 2011, benefitting from a wider range of medical services to that previously available, a larger facility and is easily accessible from the Bersted site six development. The surgery building has nearly doubled in size.”

For Felpham, the amount was £227,963.04. Mr Cleveland said this had been spent on Flansham Park Health Centre to increase its capacity from some 11,700 to 12,335 patients.

“The surgery now has an increased number of treatment rooms, office space, pharmacy and physiotherapy for up to 12 doctors,” he said.