Work could start this month

WORK could start on the delayed building of the new health-care provision at Doddington Hospital at the end of the month.

Drainage problems have been blamed for delaying the work on the £9 million project, which would see the re-introduction of intermediate care beds at the hospital as well as state-of-the-art affordable accommodation for older people.

A sod cutting ceremony held in October was trumpeted as the first milestone for the project, but since then there has been no work and drainage problems have been blamed for the delay.

Investigations on site have established there may be the need to replace the existing 600m long rising pumped main.

Foul water design proposals were due for approval last week and a design of the pumps should have been to Anglian Water by Monday (February 28) the same day Middle Level Commissioners Drainage Board were expected to approve surface water proposals.

Fenland Council is ontinuing work to discharge the outstanding planning conditions to allow work to start.

A joint statement from NHS Cambridgeshire and Fenland District Council said: “Following extensive work and negotiations, all agencies involved with the build of the extra care facility at Doddington Hospital have now submitted proposals for an appropriate solution for the treatment of surface water and foul drainage to the relevant authorities. Subject to their prompt approval , this will now enable building works on the extra care facility to start later this spring.”