Whyteleafe Liberal Democrat Councillors are celebrating an award of £502,000 to Whyteleafe’s Station Road surgery to support the expansion of its premises and the upgrading of services to its patients. The money comes from a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) fund and was awarded by the District Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee at the 22ndSeptember meeting.
Whyteleafe Liberal Democrat District Councillor David Lee is a member of the committee and spoke enthusiastically in support of the surgery’s bid “When the surgery opened in 1989 is was built to serve 3,800 patients. The surgery now serves over 6,000 residents and has one of the highest patient to G.P. ratios in all of Tandridge. It desperately needs this investment to best serve our residents.”
“Whyteleafe has certainly taken more than its fair share of development in recent years. This has imposed great strain on services and particularly on our popular local surgery, so it was good to see the lion’s share of CIL money distributed at the recent meeting going towards this vital Whyteleafe service.”
Cllr Jeffrey Gray who also represents Whyteleafe says “The surgery recently won approval from the Planning Department for its proposal to expand the Station Road premises. This CIL award will enable them to take this work forward confidently, providing extra consulting rooms, more efficient housing of administrative space and significantly improved access for people with disabilities. I am absolutely delighted for the surgery staff who worked so hard in the preparation of the bid, and – above all – for the patients of Whyteleafe.”
CIL funding is a charge applied on new development to address any infrastructure deficit caused by the development. The current G.P. to patient ratio in Whyteleafe is 1:1,900 which is one of the highest in all of Tandridge. The CIL funding will support a reduction in this ratio.