Plans for two primary care centres in Greystones and Arklow have been delayed after the company awarded the contracts to provide the facilities, has pulled out of the project.
Last October, Action Health Enterprises had applied for permission to construct a five storey Community Primary Healthcare Centre and retail units with 44 parking spaces, at the former site of Boland's Builders Providers at Castle Park. Another care centre is planned near the park and ride facility in Greystones.
Last February, despite assurances from the Minister for Health that the county’s primary care centre projects were proceeding well, Councillor Pat Fitzgerald expressed concerns that the Arklow centre could face delays.
It’s now emerged that the company nominated by the HSE to build the centres in Arklow and Greystones, has decided not to proceed with the developments.
It’s understood the HSE is in the process of securing an alternative contractor.
The Minister for Health Simon Harris says he only found out in recent days, that the developer chosen to provide primary Healthcare Centres in Arklow and Greystones had decided to sell their portfolio, but Minister Harris says he doesn’t believe the news will delay the process in providing the centres.
He was responding to questions from Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Health Wicklow T.D. Stephen Donnelly, who wanted to know when the HSE and the Minister became aware that the contractor was pulling out of the project.