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THE PUBLIC are being asked to share their thoughts on the design for the new Eastwood Health Centre next week.

The open event takes place next Thursday (May 9) at Clarkston Halls between 4pm and 8pm.

The centre, which will serve the whole of Eastwood, is set to be opened by 2015.

It will provide a range of GP, clinical, social care and voluntary self help services for the area.

Councillor Lafferty, convener for social work and health, told The Extra: “This is another event to gain your thoughts and comments on the proposed Eastwood Health Centre in its initial stages, so please come along and see the design plans and tell us what you think.

“We’ll take on board all your comments and they will help to influence the design of the centre and how it delivers services to the community.”

Everyone who comes along will have the opportunity to speak to the architects and view the site plan and proposals for the building interior and exterior.

The event is part of the Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) consultation, and discussions taking place around the new health centre.

These discussions will enable the CHCP to understand and take into account the full range of local needs and views.

The consultation is running in conjunction with the Public Partnership Forum (PFF), which is keen to learn more about how people would like to travel to the new centre.

Views gained will then inform discussions between the CHCP and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) about how to make the centre as accessible as possible.

East Renfrewshire council has pledged £6.5 million from its general capital funds, and the Scottish Government’s health directorate is looking to approve a further £9m funding through the hub programme.

Opposition leader and ERC councillor Gordon Wallace called next week’s open meeting “the ideal opportunity for local people to have their say on the plans for Eastwood’s new health centre”.

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