TWO public consultation session have been announced for the Horwich Health and Wellbeing Hub after years of delays.

First announced four years ago, the plans to build a new centre which would host GP practices, among other services, were highly anticipated. Residents watched the former leisure centre be knocked down to make way.

Since then, there have been few updates about the plans and the former leisure centre site remains a plot of empty land.

This week, it was announced that public consultation will start for the hub, announced by AFL Architects.

The public have been invited to look at and comment on the designs and development. On Tuesday, an invitation was issued to local party Horwich and Blackrod First Independents giving just over 24 hours notice for a consultation evening tonight (Wednesday), which has sparked anger among town councillors.

Cllr Craig Rotheram said: "This is absolutely disgraceful, 24 hours notice. This is not consultation."

The event will run from 7-9pm at Horwich Leisure Centre in Victoria Road.

The invitation has also listed a consultation to be held on Saturday morning from 10am until 12pm.

It is understood that those behind the hub plans are seeking consultation before putting a business case to NHS England.