Warwick Friendly Society’s Gavin Egan talks through plans with local builder Doug Roulston outside the block next to the medical centre.
Warwick Friendly Society’s Gavin Egan talks through plans with local builder Doug Roulston outside the block next to the medical centre. Emma Channon

Parking relief in sight

CAT and mouse games for carparks at the Friendly Society Health Centre - better known as the Condamine Medical Centre - will soon be a thing of the past with plans to build 35 new parks.

Customer parking for the Wood and Dragon Sts health facility has long been a problem, with people often forced to park on the street.

The Daily News has highlighted the issue, having previously pointed out congestion issues along Dragon St from the overflow of customers and patients.

The parking problem has also affected access to Leonard's Trading Store across the street.

But Warwick Friendly Society boss Gavin Egan said plans were on paper to extend the carpark into the block at 64 Dragon St.

This will require demolition of the dilapidated home and sealing of the block.

"After the expansion of the centre in 2008, the society attempted to purchase the property but failed, and the land was sold to a buyer intending to build units on the site," he said.

"Negotiations were recently reopened, which resulted in the society successfully acquiring the site."

"The transformation will require the help of Doug Roulston from Roulston Builders, who said it would take no more than one month to complete, weather permitting.

"Incidentally, Roulston Builders were responsible for the building of the centre."

The plans will need to get council's tick of approval before work begins.

Mr Egan said the predicted expansion was a significant achievement, made more special as 2012 marks the Society's centenary year.

"The Warwick Friendly Society opened its first pharmacy in Warwick in October 1912," he said.

"We will extend the existing carpark by 35 parking bays and provide another exit from the property to make the exercise of negotiating the site safer and easier for motorists and pedestrians."

Frankie Lo Guidice from Leonard's Trading across the road, welcomed news of more carparks.

"I've only been here for about three weeks but I've been keeping a vague eye on the carparks outside," he said.

"I noticed one car was there for a couple of hours, while another was there for one-and-a-half."

Carpark

Block north of medical centre to be turned into a carpark.

35 parks added.

Work to be completed within a month.


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