Posted by: eyespie1 | June 24, 2010

Fresh opposition to new hospital plan

A NEW petition has been launched against the controversial site for Beverley’s £18m community hospital.

Campaigners claim a previous 400-plus name petition was lost by East Riding Council and not taken into account when the scheme was granted outline planning permis­sion for land off Swinemoor Lane last year.

Campaigners from the No Swinemoor Hospital protest group have now collected a fresh petition in Beverley, Driffield and Hornsea, which will all have hospital beds relocated to the site.

The petition has been presented to the council in time for the next stage of the planning process.

Spokeswoman Sally De Bono claims health officials should drop the plans for the Swinemoor Lane site and improve existing hospitals and services instead.

Retired civil servant Ms De Bono said: “They are wasting money If we were going to get a good hospital which supplied everything we needed perhaps we would have put up with it being in the wrong place, but the awful thing about it is it will not be a proper hospital.”

The 30-bed community hospital will be nurse-led and supported by local GPs during the day

During evenings and weekends it will be supported by the out-of-hours service which will have its base at the new hospital.

But Mrs De Bono claims Beverley Westwood Hospital, which could be sold off for development, should be improved together with other local hospitals.

Alternatively, she says the hos­pital should be built near Bever­ley’s new ambulance station where the land is not high flood risk.

Fellow protester Keiran Sheehan, an ecologist from Beverley, said: “The people of Beverley know that Swinemoor Lane is the wrong site for the hospital and valuable resources are now being wasted on flood defence, wildlife mitigation and car park monitoring costs which could easily have been avoided if a more suitable site had been chosen.”

Mr Sheehan accused health of­ficials of being “over-zealous” in paying a deposit for the site.

Melanie Iredale, programme dir­ector for NHS East Riding Of Yorkshire defended the plans. She said: “Westwood Hospital has access problems and the listed status of some of its historic build­ings limits what can be done.

“The new hospital will be built for what we want to deliver.

East Riding Council says it has no record of receiving the previous petition opposing outline planning permission.

Beverley Advertiser June 17th 2010

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