Anger as Crawley surgery remains closed six months after storm damage

jpco-22-1-14 Leacroft Medical Practice, Langley Green (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120140116114502
jpco-22-1-14 Leacroft Medical Practice, Langley Green (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120140116114502

More urgency has been called for when it comes to repairing the storm damage which closed one of the town’s doctors’ surgeries.

Leacroft, in Langley Green, had its roof badly damaged during severe weather on Christmas Eve and, almost seven months later, the surgery is still not open.

At a meeting of Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday (July 2), Cllr Chris Mullins (Lab, Gossops Green) raised the issue during a discussion about the closure of the original Leacroft surgery in West Green.

A report put before the meeting stated the council would work with Metrobus to improve transport link between the two neighbourhoods.

While backing the plan, Cllr Mullins pointed out transport was, at the moment, not the biggest problem for Leacroft patients.

He said: “The surgery in Langley Green is causing great inconvenience and problems for people.

“I support the idea that we improve the bus services but at the moment we haven’t had that surgery open for six months since the storm damage.

“They’ve put scaffold around it, they’ve put plastic sheeting around it’s just laying abandoned and no one knows what is going on.

“People are suffering through no fault of their own and we don’t know what’s going on. There seems to be some sort of legal wrangle.

“It should be an urgent thing putting the building back together and sort out the legal differences afterwards.”

Dr Haidar Saad, of Leacroft, pointed out the practice did not own the building but confirmed a company had been chosen to carry out the repairs.

He said: “The work is likely to take up to four months to complete. We are hoping to be back by the end of December or start of January.”

As for the temporary relocation to Cross Keys House, in the town centre, he said: “We understand the inconvenience this is causing the patients.

“It was the best option for us to move and resume our services as soon as possible.”