Protests against plans to demolish Blaina hospital

South Wales Argus: PROTEST: Residents are objecting to the proposal to demolish Blaina and District Hospital to make way for bungalows for the elderly. Residents want to keep it as a community facility as the orginal building was paid for by miners PROTEST: Residents are objecting to the proposal to demolish Blaina and District Hospital to make way for bungalows for the elderly. Residents want to keep it as a community facility as the orginal building was paid for by miners

AROUND 20 campaigners gathered outside the former Blaina Community Hospital over plans to build social housing, yesterday.

The Save Blaina and District Hospital group were protesting against a proposal by United Welsh Housing Association to demolish the century-old building and build 20 bungalows for the elderly on Hospital Road.

Former resident, Julian Price, 46 who was born at the hospital said losing the building will rip the heart out of the community.

"Everyone in Nantyglo has got somebody in the family who was born there or raised funds toward the hospital, built by miners.

"It closed in 2010 but is the only old building left in the area and is a focal point of the community. "

"We want to see our heritage preserved, not obliterated and turned into a community centre," added Mr Price of Hughes Avenue, Ebbw Vale.

"If this building goes then Nantyglo is totally gone."

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board currently owns the building but United Welsh Housing Association has exchanged contracts subject to gaining planning permission from Blaenau Gwent council.

The developer has submitted an application for prior notification of its proposed demolition but cannot legally demolish the building until it gains planning permission.

A separate planning application to re-develop the site has been lodged with the council and will be considered on September 5.

At yesterday’s meeting of the planning committee Steve Smith, head of planning, said the plans are out for consultation and advised against the council imposing a preservation order on the building because Cadw has decided not to list it.

He said the architects must incorporate materials from the hospital building to reflect the historical associations with the site."

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9:07am Fri 6 Jul 12

mikeyd says...

I helped build the new extension as an apprentice back in 81! Surely they haven't closed it?!!
I helped build the new extension as an apprentice back in 81! Surely they haven't closed it?!! mikeyd
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1:01pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Dai6 says...

So only 20 people turned up to protest (and half of them were kids dragged along) and nobody much caused a fuss when the hospital was closed. I have to wonder if this sudden interest in the building is because a social housing provider is buying the site? Would there be this opposition is it was a private developer?
So only 20 people turned up to protest (and half of them were kids dragged along) and nobody much caused a fuss when the hospital was closed. I have to wonder if this sudden interest in the building is because a social housing provider is buying the site? Would there be this opposition is it was a private developer? Dai6
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2:53am Sat 7 Jul 12

celtic dragon says...

Doesn't matter if it was 20 or 200. They made their point. As for the private devloper vs social housing provider, I don't buy that either, re-development is re-development. The social housing providers should take on board the locals' concerns
Doesn't matter if it was 20 or 200. They made their point. As for the private devloper vs social housing provider, I don't buy that either, re-development is re-development. The social housing providers should take on board the locals' concerns celtic dragon
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12:57pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Dai6 says...

Of course numbers matter. The point they made was that 99.5% of the population of Nantyglo don’t care what happens to the building. As for it being a social housing provider – have a look at recent developments around blaenau gwent. As soon people know its social housing they either object to having that ‘element’ in their area or they expect the developer to spend a fortune to do something for the rest of the residents.
Of course numbers matter. The point they made was that 99.5% of the population of Nantyglo don’t care what happens to the building. As for it being a social housing provider – have a look at recent developments around blaenau gwent. As soon people know its social housing they either object to having that ‘element’ in their area or they expect the developer to spend a fortune to do something for the rest of the residents. Dai6
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