Emsworth Comunity Land Trust
Creating affordable homes and community spaces

 

 

1. Questions about the Emsworth Community Land Trust (ECLT)
2. Questions about the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH) site
3.  Questions about #Emsworth United


Questions about the Emsworth Community Land Trust (ECLT)


Q Who runs the Emsworth Community Land Trust? (ECLT)
A The 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 this site)


Q Where does the initial finance come from?
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.


Q How does the ECLT finance a site for building affordable homes?
A 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.


Q 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 perpetuity.


Q 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.


Q I 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?
A Yes. 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 certificate.


Questions about the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH) site


Q 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.


Q 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 work?
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.


Q 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.


Q Did the 'for sale' sign on the Hospital cover the garden too? What's happening to that?
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


Q What is #Emsworth United and how did it start up?
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 Company.


Q Which Emsworth organisations worked on the #Emsworth United campaign about the Hospital?
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.


Q An online Crowdfunder page was launched by #Emsworth United – where did that money go?
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.

 


 


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