IT is 10 years since plans were unveiled for a 'state-of-the-art 'medical centre in Bridgwater’s Cranleigh Gardens.

But the scheme met with a mixed reception from locals.

Staff at Brent House Surgery wanted to move from their current building in King Street, which was deemed unfit for purpose, and move into the new facility on land at the edge of Cranleigh Gardens car park.

A public consultation was held at Eastover Youth Centre, and according to Brent House practice manager Alison Lee, the feedback was mainly positive.

She said at the time: “There was a lot of people at the initial meeting and most seemed to be quite supportive of what we want to do.

“There was also a number of people with reservations, one or two who were against the idea for various reasons.

“We spoke about offering the car park to residents after hours to help relieve the parking problems they face.”

Speaking on behalf of Eastover Residents’ Association, former chairman Mike Burgess said the main opposition to the plan stemmed from the increased traffic the new surgery would create, and the loss of green space.