HISTORICAL FAILURE = CURRENT SITUATION
We have all been saddened and shocked by the chronic and sustained under-investment by local NHS bosses and Council leaders in Littlehampton over the last decade and more. From the broken promise to rebuild our hospital in 2006 through to the closure of Arun Medical Group and botched GP surgery at Morrisons in 2016, for too long our town has and continues to be ignored and short-changed by those that purport to serve us. It is time for this to change.
Failure … Littlehampton’s Abandoned Hospital Site
The Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has continually failed to plan for the town’s future, instead rushing out piecemeal proposals to plug unexpected gaps. Littlehampton needs a comprehensive plan that identifies gaps, plans for the future, and seizes the opportunities of new developments, rather than overburdening existing services with more patients and smaller budgets. If the CCG will not fulfil this most basic of duties, we will do it ourselves!
Failure… The Abandoned and Vandalised Enterprise Hub
THE CASE FOR LOCAL SERVICES IN LITTLEHAMPTON:
- Ease pressure on Worthing and St. Richard’s Hospitals;
- Serve our growing population locally through new infrastructure;
- Ease of access for our elderly population;
- Develop joined-up social care;
- Relieve the current pressure on families trying to manage healthcare.
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QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED:
Both Coastal West Sussex CCG and Arun District Council have consistently failed to heed public demands or respond to requests for public involvement and scrutiny. This is not on. Join us in asking those in power and those holding the purse strings the following difficult questions:
- Both: Who is ultimately in charge of Section 106 developer contributions that are provided to improve and invest in healthcare services in Littlehampton?
- Both: How often do the CCG and Arun District Council meet to discuss plans for healthcare? Do they have a strategic forward plan?
- CCG: What expertise and experience does the CCG have in using developer contributions? Why does the CCG seem to have such limited knowledge of such an important stream of funding?
- CCG: Why has the CCG failed to respond to invitations from Arun District Council’s planning department to be part of Section 106 negotiations on recent planning applications, such as the retirement homes on East Street.
- CCG: Does the CCG maintain a time register of available Section 106 contributions to ensure the funds do not expire and return unused to the developers?
- ADC: Why has ADC’s planning department not taken enforcement action against Morrisons for breaching Condition 3 of their planning application, requiring the Enterprise Hub to be ready for operation before their supermarket opened 4 years ago?
- ADC: Does ADC provide warnings to the CCG about Section 106 money that is about to expire? If not, why not?
Ask them yourself:
|Cllr Mrs Gillian Brown
Leader, Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Chief Operating Officer
Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
1 The Causeway
Goring by Sea
Worthing BN12 6BT