PLANS for a new community health centre in Sully have been floated by a councillor.

Independent councillor Bob Penrose has been working with local resident Richard Thomas on a vision for a new centre on the Glebe field in South Road, Sully and has received the backing of the Saving Sully campaign group.

Cllr Penrose's idea includes a state of the art new health centre which would include a GP surgery, nurse clinic, dentist, optician, chiropodist, pharmacy as well as clinics for dementia, reflexology, physiotherapy and consulting rooms for private medicine clinicians.

Currently, Sully has one surgery which is based on South Road.

In addition to the new health centre, Cllr Penrose said there could be a 100-space car park on site which would also facilitate parking for the nearby church and The Old School.

Cllr Penrose said: "Formal approaches have already been made to the Welsh Church Act Estate Committee for the lease or purchase of the land at the Glebe Fields.

"There are also plans to approach Welsh Government, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, the Vale council and the Lottery Commission with regard to funding the proposed scheme."

He estimates that it would take three years to complete such a scheme.

Sully independent councillor Kevin Mahoney said: "I have voiced my opinion for some time now that Sully deserves a comprehensive all encompassing health, dentistry and associated community wellbeing centre of this nature especially with the expected expansion of the village.

"As a member of the Welsh Church Estate Act Committee who administer the Glebe field, I am prevented from commenting at this time on the suitability of the Glebe field as a site for such a project."

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesman said that a planning application for any proposed development would need to be submitted to the council and that would be considered in the usual fashion.