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Final two hospital sites selected

Final two hospital sites selected

Friday 04 September 2020

Final two hospital sites selected

Friday 04 September 2020


The potential sites for the new hospital have been whittled down to two.

Express revealed this morning that only Overdale and the People’s Park remain as possible locations.

That has now been confirmed by the Government, which said in a statement released shortly after 13:00 that the final two will now undergo "further technical and financial assessments to determine which will go forward as the preferred site for a States debate in the autumn."

It added that the decision was taken following assessments looking at "clinical suitability, location, environmental, economic and social impact", which were conducted using "criteria formed by working with the Our Hospital Citizens' Panel, medical professionals and from the feedback from island-wide public consultation."

The news means that Millbrook Playing Fields, First Tower Park and a cluster of buildings and fields near Five Oaks will no longer be considered.

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Pictured: Millbrook Playing Fields, the current site of the Nightingale Hospital facility, are now off the cards.

States Members had already been asked to remove Millbrook Playing Fields from the shortlist by St Lawrence Constable Deirdre Mezbourian. 

Before that list was even published, St. Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft formally asked the States to remove the People’s Park and First Tower Park from the selection process. 

Then residents of the Five Oaks area started a campaign to get the site thrown off the shortlist after it was quietly expanded to include more private properties.

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Pictured: A leaflet produced by a Five Oaks campaign group.

Despite being a finalist, the People’s Park has already been rejected as a possible site following a States Assembly vote last year.

Overdale, meanwhile, has long been rumoured to be the Chief Minister's preferred site. His former Assistant Chief Minister, Constable Chris Taylor, who was part of a future hospital political group, made the case for the site to Express in January last year.

Video: Former Assistant Chief Minister Constable Chris Taylor making the case for Overdale. 

Announcing the final two sites today, Deputy Hugh Raymond, Vice-Chair of the Our Hospital Political Oversight Group, commented: “We have consistently followed the evidence-based process put in place and remain on schedule for a States debate in the autumn to agree a location for our new hospital.”

St. Saviour representatives, who had been vocal in their opposition to the Five Oaks site, shared their relief at the decision on social media.

Constable Sadie Rennard simply wrote on Facebook: "FIVE OAKS IS OFF  THE SHORT LIST X."

Deputy Jess Perchard tweeted: "Relieved that Five Oaks has been removed for the hospital site shortlist. Excellent engagement from the community on this issue and am delighted that their voices have been heard."

St. Lawrence Deputy Kirsten Morel said it was "good to see that Millbrook is no longer an option."

Minister for Children and Housing Senator Sam Mézec, meanwhile, suggested that one of the remaining sites was still a "no hoper."

While he didn't say which one he was referring to, the Minister has previously been vocal in his opposition to People's Park.

Senator Mézec later retweeted a post from Lyndsay Feltham - Chair of his party, Reform Jersey - who said: "It makes absolutely no sense to have a shortlist of two which includes a site which the States Assembly has already voted to take off the table.

"It’s an affront to democracy to ignore the decision made by our elected representatives last year."

The announcement comes after a panel of politicians announced a probe into the "fairness" of the hospital site selection process earlier this week.

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Posted by Denise Shrives on
NOT People's Park, this was bequeathed to ALL the people of Jersey for their use, not just Parish of St. Helier although they look after it, so come on ALL Jersey folk, protest to save a part of our Heritage !
Posted by Scott Mills on
it was always going to be people's park. End of.
Posted by Richmond Robinson on
I'm not one of them but I suspect many purchasers of the Westmount flats would not have bought them if the Peoples Park had not already been rejected by the States Assembly as an option for the new hospital. Some of these flats were very expensive so the owners may be wealthy enough to start a legal class action if the Assembly decision is ignored.
Posted by Sidi Smith on
So what could be better than a hospital that will be used by all, in the People's Park! Thankfully there is going to be a proper investigation into the viability of each site so that we will end up with the best site, not one side-lined by a vocal minority.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Typical of The States of Jersey ~ previously gave their word that Peoples Park would NOT be considered. Longing for the next Election ...... goodbye you dreadful lot.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Obviously a blank site is the best option,the costs need to be kept down especially now so that rules out overdale.
Posted by Giles Noel on
It was always going to be people's park because a large electricity sub station was built nearby to supply a general hosptal's power requirements.
Posted by Paul Troalic on
The fact that three of the sites have been removed shows there is some common sense in the House. But leaving People’s park is an insult to those that successfully protested last time around.
The whole thing shows the selection process was flawed and decisions made by people who have no clue about Island life.
I still think the safest and easiest option is Warwick Farm and it’s a pity St Saviours Hospital has already been earmarked for a developer. What a joke when that gets built upon because the infrastructure problems will mysteriously disappear.
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