Help save our hospital site Emsworth United  First  Public Meeting  August 22nd 2018

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The first Meeting of #Emsworth United held at the Baptist Church on Wednesday 22nd August proved to be a huge success with an estimated 400+ residents in attendance (representing nearly 10% of households in the town) together with local organisations and Borough councillors.

 

Chaired and introduced by Stephanie Elsy (Chair of the Emsworth Forum) the following representatives gave a summary of the current and changing position:

  • Dwynwen Stepien  (Emsworth Community Land Trust)
    Sara Tiller  (CCG's director of developent)

  • Dr William Denby (Emsworth Surgery)

  • Mr David Thomas (Emsworth Health Action)

  • Councillor Richard Kennett (Ward Councillor)

  • Councillor Tim Pike (Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Lead for Finance and Regeneration)

A full full report of the meeting can be found HERE but in summary the key points made at the meeting were:

 

        The Hospital site was no longer for sale but would be retained by the NHS until its future as a possible location for the Emsworth Surgery could be determined

        That the possible use of the site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust for community space with affordable apartments was a good fit to the Borough's Local Plan

        The Emsworth Community Land Trust was explained and launched with  250 of the attendees joining the organisation at the close of the meeting.

        There was overwhelming support from the community that the best use of the site would be fro a new Emsworth Surgery together with related health service facilities and other community uses.

        The meeting supported the view that the hospital  site should remain as a community asset and never be sold to developers.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos:John Tweddell

 

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