Bromley food bank could be forced to relocate to make way for health centre

By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter

A food bank could be forced to move to make way for a huge new NHS health and well-being centre.

Bromley council will consider off-loading the Adventure Kingdom site at its civic centre headquarters in Stockwell Close which currently houses Bromley’s food bank.

The council’s executive will consider a pitch by NHS Bromley’s Clinical Commissioning Group to sell-off the building at market value, which would see the site developed into a medical centre capable of treating 600 patients a day.

Executive members have been advised to recommend the proposal, which would also see a small portion of the council’s Great Hall handed over.

Health bosses have been looking for a suitable town centre site for a new medical centre for an extended period of time, according to council officers.

“The CCG have been seeking suitable sites within Bromley Town Centre for some years and have commissioned various site searches to find suitable and deliverable space to meet their funding window of commitment from Central Government,” their report states.

The food bank’s existing lease is due to expire on June 6 and operators of the food bank have requested “as much notice as possible” of the need to vacate so they could look elsewhere and plan accordingly.

A report by NHS Bromley CCG estimated that about 600 patients are predicted to attend the centre every day.

Bromley’s executive is set to meet on Wednesday.

Pictured top is Bromley civic centre.

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