OAP day care is sought in Leixlip health centre

The former ESB building and site  in Leixlip for which a proposed health centre business and car park is being  planned. Photo: Mark Cribbin
A proposed primary health centre for the County Council-owned former ESB site in Leixlip will have a commercial orientation, Leixlip Town Council heard last week.

A proposed primary health centre for the County Council-owned former ESB site in Leixlip will have a commercial orientation, Leixlip Town Council heard last week.

But with an architect yet to be appoined, it remains to be seen if it would include a senior citizens day care centre.

Pharmacist Emmet Feerick, and most Leixlip GPs, are involved in the project.

On 8 July, local doctor Dr. Muiris de Bhulbh said plans for the centre are at “an early stage” yet, and he could not give a planning application date. A probable two storey car park with 120 spaces, andan entrance close to Mill Lane at the ESB building, are possible plans.

Dr. de Bhulbh said a project manager has been appointed but not, as yet, architects. He said local business people preferred to operate such a centre themselves rather than rent from an outside group. He said three GPs have joined the group, with two more interested.

Responding to questions from Cllr. Joe Neville, Leixlip Town Manager Peter. Minnock said the the project would probably be delivered by 2015. Councillors welcomed the plans.

Cllr. Teresa Byrne said she hoped there would be space for a senior day care centre. Mr. Minnock said this would be a commercial project and the day care would not be included if it was not commercially viable.

Cllr. Byrne said: “A lot of people would love to see that. We have an ageing population.

“That would be the icing on the cake.

“Is there any possibility of that facility being included?” she asked.

Mr Minnock said the Council had been engaging with the developers for some time and the plan had to go through the planning process.

Dr.de Bhulbh said they had not heard about any request for a senior day care facility, yet but anything which created footfall would be a possibility.