Leicester City Council is looking to spend £1.6m on a new sexual health clinic which will be based in a city centre shopping centre.
The council wants to open the clinic in an unused unit on the first floor of the Haymarket Shopping Centre.
The council’s sexual health service currently operates from St Peter’s Health Centre in Highfields. The council believes a city centre location would be more convenient for patients.
However, shoppers have expressed differing views, citing the lack of privacy, with everybody being able to see who’s going in and out of the clinic.
Deputy city mayor Adam Clarke said: “What we are looking to do is take up a unit that has long been empty and turn it into something positive.”
“What we have there is a unit that retail aren’t attracted by, but will provide an excellent location for our new sexual health clinic that will replace the St Peter’s clinic into a more affordable and accessible clinic.”
“Consultation has clearly demonstrated that the city centre is the right place for this service to be located.”
“The proposed location is discreet but easy to find and it’s suitable in size.”
A planning application has been submitted by the council for the clinic.
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