Questions about the Emsworth Community
Land Trust (ECLT)
Who runs the Emsworth Community Land
volunteer founders of Emsworth Community
Land Trust are the first four Directors.
Since that time in early 2018 these
Directors have appointed a few more who
have been involved from the start. At
the first Annual General Meeting of
members these appointments will be
approved and there will be the
opportunity to formally elect new
Directors. All members will be welcome
at the meeting (AGM) which will be
publicised. There are rules about how
long Directors serve. (See TEAM page on
Where does the initial finance come
A The ECLT started
with no money. Start-up grants applied
for were received from the Emsworth
Residents Association and from the
Community Land Trust Network. After a
successful application Emsworth CLT has
also received a significant grant from
the Government’s Community Housing Fund
administered by Havant Borough Council.
How does the ECLT finance a site for
building affordable homes?
Once there is a site of interest for
ECLT the Directors will consider
selecting a partnership organisation
like a Housing Association (Registered
Provider). ECLT could possibly become a
Registered Provider itself as other CLTs
have done. The CLT will always aim to
retain the freehold of sites. Many
Community Land Trusts across the country
work in this way.
If a Housing Association in partnership
with the Emsworth Community Land Trust
builds affordable homes at any time,
would those homes be protected from
right to buy?
A Yes. They
would ideally be designated to be for
the benefit of the community in
Will you apply to the National Lottery
for funding to buy the Hospital site?
A The ECLT will consider as many funding
streams as possible.
paid a pound at the public meeting in
August 2018 about the Hospital site.
Does that make me a member of Emsworth
Community Land Trust?
ECLT was launched at that meeting. Your
pound makes you a shareholder. Everyone
who owns at least one £1 share has one
vote at a General Meeting. Share
Certificates will be issued to members
mainly by email or hand delivery to save
money. Please contact us if you think we
should have sent you a share
Questions about the Emsworth Victoria
Wasn't the money for EVCH raised by the
people of Emsworth originally - so why
can't the hospital building remain for
the benefit of the community?
A Correct, the
Emsworth Museum has documents showing
that the money for the original
hospital, built in the late 1900s, was
raised by Emsworth people. Since then
the NHS was set up and took over almost
all hospitals in 1948 by an Act of
Parliament. The Deeds of the Emsworth
hospital record the original owners of
the land, then the NHS. There is nothing
in the deeds that protects the site as a
hospital for ever. Nevertheless, the
Public meeting in August 2018 showed the
strength of local opinion that the
Hospital site should remain for the
benefit of the community.
What is current state of repair of the
basic structure of the building? How
long before any significant expenditure
is needed bearing in mind any interior
A This is unknown
although we understand it is possible to
revitalise the building. We await a
binding announcement from the NHS about
the future of the building, which is
being negotiated. There was public
support for the local surgery to move to
the revamped building.
There is limited parking by EVCH if the
surgery moved there? We need more
provision for disabled spaces.
A Parking is never easy in town centres.
There are a few parking spaces on the
Hospital site now and next door is a
public car park with space for the
disabled. Across the road is a very
large car park.
Did the 'for sale' sign on the Hospital
cover the garden too? What's happening
A No the garden
adjacent to the hospital is owned and
managed by the Friends of Emsworth
Community Health. It is up to the
Friends what happens with the garden.
Questions about #Emsworth United
What is #Emsworth United and how did it
A The ‘for sale’
signs went up on the Cottage Hospital
site on July 25 2018 which triggered
widespread concern throughout the
community. A meeting was called with
representatives of many of the key
groups in Emsworth so that, by working
together, an effective campaign could be
built and launched to prevent the sudden
sale of this site by NHS Property
Which Emsworth organisations worked on
the #Emsworth United campaign about the
A A number of
people representing many Emsworth
community organisations came together
for the #Emsworth United Campaign.
Included were: Emsworth Residents
Association, Emsworth Forum, Emsworth
Community Association, Emsworth Health
Action, Emsworth Community Land Trust
and others. Many more volunteers came
forward to deliver fliers to 7,000 homes
in Emsworth. Together local people
organised the 350-strong public meeting
(televised and covered on local radio)
on August 22. Since then the NHS has
been working closely with the local
surgery and other community
representatives to bring about change to
the hospital building so that it can
have new life as Emsworth’s surgery.
Emsworth Community Land Trust Directors
helped spearhead this important public
meeting and the new organisation(ECLT)
was officially launched there.
An online Crowdfunder page was launched
by #Emsworth United – where did that
A The Crowdfunding
appeal raised £1250 which paid for
publicity materials and other costs
accrued for the first public meeting of
#Emsworth United (under £400 thanks to
volunteer work). The balance has now
gone towards the Emsworth Community Land
Trust’s work, but if another public
meeting on the same topic was required –
the funds are in place.