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Town split on Lauder health centre plans

Lauder play area
Image caption Campaigners are claiming a lack of consultation over the health centre plans

A Borders community is split over plans to build a new health centre on land currently being used as a play area.

Campaigners against the proposed centre in Lauder have claimed overwhelming opposition in the town to the plan.

Protect Our Greenfield Site (Pogs) said a town survey showed only 6% of those who responded supported the proposed centre in Crofts Road.

But the local community council has backed Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders who are behind the plans.

As well as a health centre, the proposals would see the creation of a new play area and improved sporting facilities at a cost of about £3m.

But Pogs has accused the authorities of a lack of consultation.

Pogs chairman Alan Alexander claimed there were alternative sites that were equally, if not more, suitable.

He said: "No consultation means we could lose the play park and that is absolutely appalling and disgraceful."

But Lauderdale Community Council released a statement on Wednesday to "set the record straight" on the Lauder health centre project.

It read: "The proposed plans for the public park have been the subject of community consultation over the past three years and are the result of in-depth analysis by the health board and Scottish Borders Council, led by the local community council.

"It remains our firmly-held belief that the proposals to be submitted for planning approval - which in itself allows for further consultation - form the preferred option and the best way forward."

Meanwhile, NHS Borders has agreed to look at two potential alternative sites but has warned that the proposed new health centre could be lost.

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