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Photo – Emily Inside Rosehill Park

Photo – Emily Inside Rosehill Park

The securing of land for a new secondary school was welcomed today by Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers, who said:
“I was pleased to hear first-hand about the sale of a portion of land at the Sutton Hospital site, announced at today’s board meeting of Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust, purchased by the London Borough of Sutton with a view to build a much needed school.
“The feasibility studies being conducted into the Sutton Hospital and Rosehill Park sites will be much better informed by this rather belated acquisition. The Lib Dem Council have certainly left it very late to deliver a secondary school by 2017, so they better get on with planning consent.
“I hope that this latest development lays to rest the Tory proposal to build on green space at Rosehill Park.
“In developing plans for the old hospital site, I hope the Lib Dem Council will listen seriously when they consult, instead of their usual dismissal of concerns raised by local residents. Making progress with this development must go hand in hand with constructive dialogue, for example by finding ways to improve traffic flows and parking.
“I congratulate Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust on their achievement with a breakeven budget this year, having sold this portion of land. Selling assets isn’t a sustainable way forward in the long term, so it remains important for the board to deliver against the new five year strategy. Meanwhile, local people will need to be vigilant about the risks that may unravel if a Tory and Lib Dem Government is elected again.
“Continuing to breakeven and gain a surplus over time is a tough challenge, but I’m struck by the renewed confidence of leaders and hardworking staff at the Trust.
“Building on Labour’s ‘one nation’ theme, I’m delighted that the Board has adopted a ‘one team, one trust’ approach. I was also encouraged by assurances to my questions that A&E, maternity and paediatric services are safe over the next five years. Despite the robust position of the Trust, I am still mindful that cuts may be around the corner once the South West London Collaborative Group show their hand.
“As I have already made clear, should circumstances change for the worse, it will be imperative for Sutton Council to hold a referendum to provide local people with an opportunity to express their view.
“I’m pleased that the Trust will be improving the buildings at both St Helier and Epsom sites over the next five years. It is particularly encouraging that this investment will not come from PFI money and the Trust has no intention to go down the private financing route.”


Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital
Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital

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