The Cotgrave Hub is now open with health, council, library, police and community voluntary services available all under one roof.
Partners including Belvoir Health Group, Rushcliffe CCG, Inspire, Nottinghamshire Police and Rushcliffe Community Voluntary Service are joining Rushcliffe Borough Council’s customer services team in the move to the purpose-built new facility in the town centre.
Residents can now access the library and contact centre, with the GP service, pharmacy and Community Voluntary Service set to relocate to the new centre in the coming weeks.
The hub is the latest milestone as part of the wider regeneration of the town which includes the construction of over 460 new homes on its former colliery site.
There has also been extensive improvements to the town centre shops with nine office suites in a new Business Hub and the creation of 15 new employment units on Colliers Way, now all fully let.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Simon Robinson, said: “Regenerating Cotgrave has been a priority for us and our partners.
“An integral part of that is making sure that both public services and business opportunities are provided to support the growth of the town.
“This project is an exceptional example of partnership working and I am delighted to see The Cotgrave Hub is now open for business.”
Dr Alex MacDonald from Belvoir Health Group explained over 24,000 local patients from the town and surrounding area could now benefit from its new base.
He said: “For many years now we’ve struggled at Cotgrave Surgery with premises that are inadequate both for patients and staff.
“Our new building will have up-to-date clinical rooms, more space from which to provide care for our patients and much better facilities for our staff.
“With a growing number of patients and the prospect of more housing on the way, this is a much-needed development.”
The customer service contact point and Inspire Library are now open longer hours from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays the library can be accessed from 9am to 1pm.
Cllr John Cottee Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Culture and Place Committee and chair of the Inspire Board said: “We are delighted to be part of this much-needed development in Cotgrave.
“The presence of the library is integral to us achieving Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire’s vision of libraries being at the heart of the community.
“We look forward to providing the people of Cotgrave with new opportunities for reading, learning, community and cultural activity in this new and welcoming space.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping praised the vision of grasping the opportunity for partners to work together in the town.
He said: “The Cotgrave Hub is a great example of partners delivering better services for local people.
“I think there should be one door into public services and that’s what we’re providing in Cotgrave, investing in its future in what is a growing community.
“We want people in Cotgrave to feel safe and secure in their homes and on their streets. I am sure a continued Police presence in new facilities through this development is going to help make that happen.”