New Meigh Surgery approved by Planners

September 29, 2014

The people of Meigh look set to finally be able to avail of a modern medical service after it was confirmed that the long-anticipated new-build surgery has been granted Planning approval and will go before Newry and Mourne Council next month.

Local Assembly Member for the area, Megan Fearon has been to the forefront of the campaign to have the existing antiquated surgery replaced with modern and fit for purpose facilities.

Describing her satisfaction on learning that the scheme has been put forward for approval by the Planners she said:

“The people of Meigh have waited many years for adequate medical facilities and I am delighted that Planning has been approved.  Hopefully we can now look forward to a state-of-the-art medical centre being constructed in the heart of Meigh village.”

The campaign to replace the dilapidated GP’s surgery in Meigh has been ongoing for over two years and has been beset with legal complications and re-tendering issues leading to lengthy delays in the project which was initially expected to be up and running in the summer of 2012.

As a rural community which has endured a sub-standard facility for many years now, the news comes as a welcome boost to many beleaguered patients in Meigh, who regularly expressed thier anger and frustration at the lack of progress on the promised new facility.  One angry resident speaking to The Examiner back in 2012 described the premises as “decrepid and ramshackle” and said she felt patients were being denied “the most fundamental levels of comfort and care” in a building that has quite clearly seen better days.

With Planning approval now granted, patients can now look forward to an updated and modern facility which will also house an attached Pharmacy and extensive car parking area.

Sinn Fein MP Megan Fearon vowed to continue to liaise with the Trust and all stakeholders to ensure that “the focus remains on  the project.”