Help save the Emsworth hospital building listed for sale by the NHS
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)
Here are the summary points of the meeting:
- The hospital site is no longer for sale but will be retained by the NHS until its future as a possible location for the Emsworth Surgery could be determined
- The possible use of the site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust for community space with affordable apartments was a good fit for 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 for 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.