Emsworth United - Report of the Public Meeting held on Wednesday 22nd August 2018


Thank you to all who attended our meeting last night. It was standing room only as our community united to save the Victoria Cottage Hospital, a key site in central Emsworth for public and community use.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, the key outcomes are as follows:

1) Following a decision by the Emsworth Surgery Doctors to reconsider the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Site as an option for their new surgery, the Hampshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have reversed their original decision to declare the Cottage Hospital site surplus and have instructed NHS Property Services, who own the site, to remove it from the market. The CCG have asked NHS Property Services to cease all marketing of the site and remove the ‘For Sale’ signs.

2) As a result of this decision and pressure from the Emsworth United campaign, the CCG have agreed to conduct an options appraisal for the three potential sites for the surgery (the existing premises, EVCH and Redlands Grange.

3) The CCG and the Doctors have also agreed to work with community representatives to produce a viable business case for the new surgery wherever it is to be located. There was considerable support in the meeting for the surgery to be located on the EVCH site because of its history and its importance to the towns centre economy.. Community representatives hope the business case will develop a core GP facility with wraparound community health facilities. One of the prominent supporters of our campaign, an Emsworth resident and former Chief of Defence Staff has kindly given this video interview to outline the potential of this opportunity.

4) If the new surgery is to be located on the EVCH site there may be the possibility of including affordable housing on the site. This would meet with the vision the community set out in the Draft Neighbourhood Plan produced by the Emsworth Forum. We need our community to support this venture and take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop the site for community use.

5) The meeting also launched the newly constituted Emsworth Community Land Trust who could develop the EVCH site – and other sites in Emsworth – for community use and affordable housing. We encourage you to join the Emsworth Community Land Trust to support this work and have your say. This costs £1.00 and will give you a vote in the Trust. To do so, please email your contact details to info@emsworthclt.org.uk and we will provide you with details on how to arrange a BACS transfer. (We are currently awaiting the opening of our bank account, details TBC.) Membership forms can be downloaded from our website- www.emsworthclt.org.uk

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We have a limited time of 8 days remaining on the Crowdfunder campaign and have currently raised over £1000. These funds will go towards publicity materials and other costs accrued prior to the first public meeting, anticipated costs for future public meetings, expert legal advice and solicitors costs. Any surplus funds will go towards the Emsworth Community Land Trust campaign. Visit the Crowdfunder page here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/emsworthunited

A huge thank you to our volunteers, the speakers at the event, the organisers, and all the community groups who have been pivotal in helping us safeguard the Cottage Hospital site for our community.