Apologies for absence were received from Cllr J Burrell.
Relevant Legislation: Local Government Act 1972, s 85.


There were no disclosures of pecuniary interests.
Relevant Legislation: Localism Act 2011, s 31.


To resolve, pursuant to section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, that
because of the confidential nature of the following business to be transacted, the public and
the press be asked to leave the meeting at this time.
There were no members of the press or public present.


Members were presented with a report that articulated ongoing difficulties in securing local
provision for GPs in the Stone Parish Area. Challenges presented by recent scheme proposals
at Atlas Park, and more recently at Steel Avenue, have not been successfully resolved to provide
confidence that local patients will be able to access satisfactory medical service provision in the
short-medium term.

Recent dialogue with GP providers had sought to identify interim
measures that may improve the current situation to provide relief while longer term solutions
continue to develop. This included consideration of potential provision at Stone Pavilion to
alleviate detrimental impact on the area and local residents upon the closure of the Elmdene
Surgery. Members were asked to resolve agreement in principle for potential provision of GP
services at Stone Pavilion to support further dialogue with GP providers and the NHS to
establish space requirements and draft Heads of Terms. A high-level impact assessment was
provided to identify the most significant areas of impact from such proposals.

Members discussed the desperate need for medical provision in the area and scheme
proposals that had been presented previously but had amounted to nothing. Potential impact
on Council services was discussed and Members were keen these aspects were carefully
considered but, with further development poised to commence at Stone Pit II that will put
further pressure on local services, all agreed that it warranted further exploration to determine
if a short-term solution could be found.

Members unanimously resolved their agreement in principle for provision of GP services
at Stone Pavilion.

Members resolved to form a working party to support in-depth discussion regarding
terms. The membership of the Working Party was resolved as follows:

Cllr Jessica McQueen
Cllr David Mote
Cllr Stephanie Thredgle
Cllr Peter Harman
Cllr P Cutler
Cllr L Canham

There being no further business, the Chairperson closed the meeting at 19:47.