Thursday, 17 August 2017

Townlands not a car park shoppers told

SHOPPERS have been asked not to use the car park at Townlands Hospital in Henley unless they are visiting it.

The plea was made by the firm redeveloping the site at a public meeting to update residents on progress of the new £16 million “health campus”.

About 20 residents attended the meeting at Henley town hall.

Mike Leto, project director for Amber Solutions for Care, said people often used the hospital to park while shopping in the town centre.

He said: “We recognise this is going to be tough but if everybody can help spread the word to not use the Townlands site unless you are actually using the hospital facility.

“We need partnership with the local community to help us achieve that. Parking will be maintained and managed but we all need to work together.”

Mr Leto asked motorists to follow a one-way system, entering the hospital site via York Road and exiting by Crescent Road.

He said parking for the Bell and Hart surgeries would remain during the construction work and advised anyone who was unsure about parking to ask a member of the on-site construction team.

The meeting was also attended by members of Townlands Steering Group, Chris Goss, of Vinci Construction, and Harold Caldwell, of NHS Property Services, which owns the site.

Mr Goss said the redevelopment was nearing the end of the first phase, which involved preparing the site for construction.

He said that in a year’s time there would be a “very recognizable” building and the staff and patients would move in during October or November next year.

Work on a new access road from Mount View would start in the next two to three weeks and this would remain when the work had been completed.

Barry Wood, a member of steering group, suggested that more information boards should be put up at the site and around town to explain the development, the one-way system and parking.

Meetings will be held every three months to keep the public updated.

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