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Take five - Ministers announce hospital site shortlist

Take five - Ministers announce hospital site shortlist

Monday 13 July 2020

Take five - Ministers announce hospital site shortlist


Ministers have announced a shortlist of five sites for the island's new hospital - including the location of the current Nightingale Wing at Milbrook playing fields.

The new shortlist doesn't include rebuilding the hospital on its current Gloucester Street site.

But controversially, it does include First Tower Park, and the People's Park - a location which has already been vetoed by the States.

The Town Constable, Simon Crowcroft, has already launched a bid to get those potential locations removed.

The final shortlist is:

  • St Andrew’s Park;
  • People’s Park;
  • Overdale;
  • a group of fields to the north of Five Oaks in St Saviour;
  • and Millbrook playing field plus farm land north of the inner road in St Lawrence.

The Government says that they had a 'long list' of 82 possible locations.

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Pictured: the location of the current Nightingale Wing is on the shortlist for new hospital sites. 

"Further investigations will now be carried out by the newly-appointed design and delivery partner, who will look in greater detail at the feasibility of each site. They will assess a range of factors that could affect the ability to deliver Jersey’s new hospital by 2026. These include the impact on the local environment, infrastructure requirements, overall cost and any site-specific issues.

The States will then be asked to debate the preferred site in November.

Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the Political Oversight Group, Senator Lyndon Farnham, said: “This is an important step forward in the delivery of a new hospital for Jersey. From the outset we have been committed to ensuring there is an independent, transparent and fact-based site selection process and it has delivered this shortlist.

“Jersey’s clinicians and medical professionals have been involved from the beginning, as well as a specially created Citizen’s Panel. More than 280 Islanders responded to the call for sites and made 340 site suggestions. This approach has meant that Islanders have been at the very heart of this crucial process, for which we thank them.

“Each of the sites presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities and we know there will be a high level of public interest and, potentially, concern but it’s important to stress that more work has to take place over the summer before we can announce the final preferred site in the autumn.”

Overdale

Pictured: Overdale's run-down premises has long been thought to be one of the front-runners for the new hospital development. 

Earlier today, Constable Simon Crowcroft launched a bid to get two parks taken off the list, describing including them as a "cynical ploy" by Ministers to focus attention on their preferred sites. 

Permission to use Milbrook playing fields for the so far unused Nightingale Wing was granted on the basis that it returns to its former use, once the need for extra capacity to cope with covid-19 cases has receded. 

LIST: Where else was considered?

(Source: Government of Jersey)

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Posted by john garner on
It is almost as if 1st Tower Park and Peoples park have again been deliberately included to generate an uproar against then nudge the build towards their preferred site..So 3 parks on the plan and 1 greenfield site ........
Posted by William Boyd on
And so it begins all over again. As per, poor St Helier is in the firing line again. How they think we will allow either of the green lungs i.e. People's Park or St Andrew's Park to be built on is beyond me. At least the NIMBIES in the twee country parishes will be spared that awful hospital with the plebs' traffic being built near their mansions. Overdale site for my preference but then, what do I know?
Posted by john garner on
Sorry I had not read the next article before I posted ...Apologies
Posted by Scott Mills on
ps love that list of possible sites....They should have just written...EVERYWHERE
Posted by Scott Mills on
It's like watching an episode of the Magic Roundabout, all off their heads from senator dougal and deputy flappy sharing a bit fat one: doing the same thing over and until the overseas specialist\expert Zeebedee comes and raids the roundabout of all its money.
Posted by The old git Git on
Well Scott they didn't mention the millennium park.
Posted by Jon Jon on
The list of sites covers whole island, surprised the ecrehous weren't mentioned, but the shortlist of those five sites ,take away st Andrews and peoples park leaves three.Really what a bunch of nit wits running this island .
Posted by Keith Marsh on
We have been through this before and given The States a "kicking" for including Peoples Park, and we WILL do it again if they don't remove this choice at once. Then the cheek of also putting a further park on the "list" .... words fail me. ANYONE who votes for either of these choices, will NOT expect to get re-elected ~ EVER.
Posted by Paul Troalic on
This is unbelievable. People’s Park has already been rejected by the Assembly.
Residents around and owner of Millbrook park have been told several times that the Nightingale Wing is a temporary site and the land will be returned to its former state.
The Ministers lie and lie and lie. It’s almost as though they don’t know how to tell the truth.
Clearly those UK advisers are advising them badly once again. Get rid for goodness sakes. Let’s make our own decisions.
Posted by Wayne Le Cuirot on
Would the 'citizens panel' have been aware of the neolithic passage grave and stone circle of ville es nouaux in St Andrews park or did they put in on the shortlist just to see if we are paying attention?
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