Littlehampton Labour Party has vowed to continue fighting for its comprehensive ‘Health Plan for Littlehampton’ to be adopted following the devastating news that a key element in the town’s future health provision – the Enterprise Hub at Morrison’s – has been sold to private developers.
Through the years of Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group’s dither and delay, Labour is proud to have taken our cause and arguments to the town’s High Street on Saturday mornings.
Founded on the views of residents, Labour’s Health Plan for Littlehampton provides a comprehensive blueprint for the integration of a range of health services, including the redevelopment of the derelict hospital site and full access to GP services in every part of our town, particularly the extensive developments north of the town
Maralyn May, Branch Chairperson said:
“Labour’s Health Plan for Littlehampton is the only proposal which deals with every aspect and challenge facing the health service in our town. We are proud to be the only voice speaking up consistently for residents about the complete failure of the unelected, unaccountable Coastal Commissioning Group to achieve a solution to the continuing crisis”
Town and District Councillor Mike Northeast added:
“As a member of the North Littlehampton Steering Group instigated by Arun DC I know how difficult it has been to get the Coastal Commissioning Group to the table despite them having representation on the group from its inception six or so years ago.
“Recently Arun District Council agreed to underwrite the cost of the head lease, whilst lobbying local Conservative MP Nicholas Gibb, and the Secretary of State for Health about the critical situation in Littlehampton. Arun DC also agreed to the change in the original planning applications on the Morrison’s site to allow the medical facilities in the hub.
“ I join with the public in losing all confidence in the CCG and call on the Government to put in an official to work closely with the local Authorities’ to find a resolution to this serious situation. I, and many others are extremely concerned – as should all residents – not only about the lack of medical support and adequate health facilities for the town’s burgeoning population but also the fact that Section 106 monies from the developers have been wasted on failed plans. It is also of concern that the residual Section 106 monies are very close to their “use by” date.”
Freddie Tandy, Town Councillor, concluded:
“The CCG and Arun District Council must now work together to ensure that provision of a GP surgery is made in the Hampton Park development. It is only because of a Labour objection at Littlehampton Town Council’s planning committee that the Hampton Park developers identified land specifically for healthcare provision. We believe and insist that this represents the best opportunity for the construction of a new GP surgery. This should not be seen as a party political issue and I call on my fellow Town Councillors for support on behalf of all our residents, current, and future”.