“This has made us so angry, it’s just been withdrawn, no apology,” said High Street resident Phyllis Losh. “This beautiful medical centre is in fact useless unless you have wheels.”

Bidford doctors have been trying to move out of their cramped and ageing surgery for ten years.

Patients were delighted with the idea of a shiny new medical centre – 96 per cent of 900 people surveyed supported the idea.

Now they say they’ve been “bamboozled” and “mis-sold” the new facilities.

Bill Fleming, chairman of Bidford Parish Council said: “We were sold a package and part of that package was the shuttle bus. That bus was on it and all of a sudden it’s not.”

Nearly 5,000 of patients live in Bidford itself, the rest come from surrounding villages.

The majority do drive to the doctors’—around 80 per cent—but that still leaves hundreds of people unable to get to the new medical centre.

Residents only found out the shuttle bus had been cancelled when Dr Tim Shackley from the surgery dropped the bomb at a meeting with the local Senior Citizen's Advice Network (SCAN) at The Jolly Teapot on Church Street.

Then, a poster advertising the new shuttle bus in the High Street surgery suddenly disappeared.

MP Nadhim Zahawi meets residents at St Laurence Parish Church in Bidford.

Residents recently called Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi to an emergency meeting inside St Laurence Parish Church.

Promising to meet the doctors, the MP said: “Clearly the community feels very strong about this, you should have a solution before the surgery has a ribbon across it.”

The 50mph Stratford Road has no footpath or cycle path. Installing these would cost over £100,000.

Bus stops on either side of the road have to be built before the medical centre can open and so another idea is to get the No 28 service, which runs every half-hour between Bidford and Stratford, to stop there.

Mr Zahawi promised to meet the managing director of Stagecoach to talk about this possibility, but residents are concerned about the safety of crossing such a fast road, where many motorists exceed the 50mph limit.

More than 6,200 cars travel along that road between 7am and 7pm and installing a zebra crossing or traffic lights may be inappropriate.

Although the cost of the medical centre is unknown, local district councillor Daren Pemberton said it was definitely “in six figures”.

“I know it’s a lot of cash; the doctors are into second mortgages,” he said.

Provided by the doctors, the new medical centre is essentially a private enterprise. Three doctors at the Bidford surgery are partners, and the surgery has around 40 members of staff in total.

Dr Shackley, who is one of the partners, was repeatedly contacted by the Herald over the past week but did not respond. Nobody else at Bidford surgery was able to answer our enquiries.