A wildlife conservationist and former Whitehill & Bordon councillor is urging residents to look at and question the plans for the town’s health hub.
They are on show at The Shed in Bordon today (6pm to 9pm), tomorrow (3pm to 6pm) and Saturday (midday to 4pm), and at the Forest Community Centre in Bordon on May 25 (6pm to 9pm), May 26 (3pm to 6pm) and May 27 (midday to 4pm).
Adam Carew said: “Key things to consider are design, size, form, mass, height, parking, eco-build, ‘fabric first’ energy efficiency, solar or photovoltaic panels, native planting, electric vehicle charging points, green walls, swift bricks, bat lofts, native hedgerows in the car park and native street trees.”
Mr Carew stressed the plans answered only some of the health hub questions.
He said: “We still don’t know what health facilities the health hub will provide. This is not a planning issue but we have to be confident the NHS will keep their word and provide everything we drew up and agreed in the Chase Charter.
“The health hub, unlike Chase Hospital, has no room to expand. If the health hub is approved our only hope is that Chase Hospital can be used for something else, such as a care home or dementia centre, but as NHS Property Services own the site they will be under pressure to sell it.
“The Chase Hospital site was donated to our local community by local resident Joan Knowles, a Christian missionary nurse who used to live at Chase House as a girl and worshipped at Blackmoor church when she returned from Malawi.
“There was supposed to be a covenant on the land but this is a legal rather than a planning matter. It would be very sad to see it used for anything but local health facilities.”
Mr Carew hoped the political earthquake which removed him from East Hampshire District Council might help Chase Hospital.
He said: “Our newly elected Whitehill & Bordon Community Party councillors promised to make health services their number one priority and were photographed outside Chase Hospital.
“This then must be their key demand going into coalition at East Hampshire District Council and our residents will expect them to keep their promises.”