Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Pressure growing to keep hospital group

PRESSURE is growing to retain the council committee responsible for helping to secure the redevelopment of Townlands Hospital in Henley.

Campaigners and a number of councillors say the Townlands Steering Group should not be disbanded because its members have built up years of experience which will prove useful during the two-year construction of the new “health campus”.

The group had been planning to adopt new terms of reference so it could monitor the progress of the project and continue to report back to the town council.

But the National Association of Local Councils has advised the council that it had “serious concerns” about maintaining the group and recommended it was “dissolved”.

A legal group comprising seven councillors agreed that the group could not continue in its present form. Mayor Martin Akehurst and Councillors David Clenshaw, Elizabeth Hodgkin, Lorraine Hillier and David Nimmo Smith voted in favour.

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