Property Services scrap razor wire plan around old hospital in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Mercury: THE former Bridgwater Community Hospital building in Salmon Parade. THE former Bridgwater Community Hospital building in Salmon Parade.

MEMBERS of Bridgwater Civic Society say they are “delighted” plans have been scrapped for razor wire fencing around the town's old hospital.

A planning application was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council for a 2.4-metre high iron railing fence, topped with razor wire, around the periphery of the hospital site in Salmon Parade.

But Jennifer Hartley-Bond, NHS Property Services' head of communications for the South-West, has now confirmed the proposal will not be taken any further.

She said: “The plans for the razor wire fencing around the hospital were always under consideration as an option and we had not planned to definitely go ahead with it.”

Philip Smeed, of Bridgwater Civic Society, had suggested the hospital would look like “prisoner of war camps of old” with razor wire fencing.

After hearing that it will not be put up, he said: “I'm delighted that it won't be in place but it's still disappointing that they haven't found any use for the building. The grass near the building has not been cut and it looks a mess.

“There is still work to be done but the decision to use the fencing shows that they are going in the right direction.”

The building and surrounding land has been left unused since the Bridgwater Community Hospital moved to its new location on Bower Lane in April this year.

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1:57pm Tue 1 Jul 14

the voice of common sense says...

I may be wrong but I always thought that the hospital belonged to the people of Bridgwater, as it was originally. constructed out of funds raised within the town, look at the front of the building coz thats what it says.

If that is so, then when the building is eventually sold the money should be given back to the towns people for civic enhancement, not to the government so that they can spend it on their own pet projects, feeding fat cats comes to mind
I may be wrong but I always thought that the hospital belonged to the people of Bridgwater, as it was originally. constructed out of funds raised within the town, look at the front of the building coz thats what it says. If that is so, then when the building is eventually sold the money should be given back to the towns people for civic enhancement, not to the government so that they can spend it on their own pet projects, feeding fat cats comes to mind the voice of common sense
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