‘Vital’ Covid-19 vaccination centre serving East Devon and Exeter to stay in place until at least the end of 2022

A Covid vaccination centre serving East Devon and Exeter is to remain open until at least the end of the year. 

The facility at Greendale Business Park, in Woodbury Salterton, opened last May and replaced an initial hub at Westpoint, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.

District council planning committee members unanimously backed keeping the centre in place at their January meeting.

Proposals had been submitted to the authority before the Government announced earlier this month that such buildings could stay put without the need for planning permission until the end of 2022.

Woodbury and Lympstone representative Councillor Ben Ingham said the council would not have permitted the building before 2020, but added:  “Then a pandemic comes along and you realise that you really don’t know what tomorrow brings and you have to accommodate.”

Fellow ward member Cllr Geoff Jung said: “It is vital to the Covid-19 emergency measures and I thank the staff members of Greendale for delivering this facility so quickly.”

Exmouth Town ward member Cllr Eileen Wragg added: “It is so important to have these centres.

“I would like to offer thanks on behalf of everyone for all the marvellous work the volunteers have done. It’s been invaluable.”

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