Councillors in Llanbradach have expressed frustration at the lack of progress in developing a new health centre in the village.
They fear the opportunity to use the old All Saints’ church site will be lost unless Aneurin Bevan Health Board starts making progress on acquiring the land.
Councillor Colin Mann, who is a cabinet member on Caerphilly Council, said: “We’re very frustrated at the lack of progress because it’s nearly 18 months since we met the health board and presented a 450-signature petition from residents.
“We’re very worried that this once-in-lifetime opportunity establish a health centre will be lost due to what appears to be the health board sitting on this matter.”
Fellow cabinet and ward member Rob Gough added: “We’ve heard nothing from the health board but we are determined not to let this lie.
“We know the issues the NHS has with funding but Llanbradach needs and deserves a health centre. We have the backing of residents and the support of both GP practices and are determined to put more pressure on the health board.
Councillors Mann and Gough were among a delegation from the village that presented the petition to the health board and met both the chairman and chief executive to press their case.
Villagers have been pressing for church-owned land in Llanbradach, which has remained vacant for many years, to be used for a health centre development rather than for housing.