The proposed development of the former hospital on Elm Grove is a shameful missed opportunity. Our city is gripped by crisis-level housing, health and social care needs. And yet the NHS has proposed the 10 acre hospital site— gifted to the people of Brighton in 1865— be sold to private developers. Instead of providing publicly owned and genuinely affordable housing (including NHS and social care amenities), the development of the land—our land—will follow the predictable path of luxury apartments gift-wrapped in vague promises of a ‘health-hub’ and an ’affordable’ housing component (as always ‘affordable’ defined as 80% of market value and thus out of reach for people on middle or low income).
Today campaigners demonstrated outside the hospital before a board meeting of the Sussex NHS Trust to let them know that we will not allow this site to be sold off to private, profiteering developers.
This site belongs to us. Its future should be determined by us. That it should be stolen from us and passed to private hands is a scandal—if we let this happen the land and all the opportunities it held for the people of Brighton will be gone forever. Contact your MP! Join the campaign: contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be outside the Brighton and Hove Full Council meeting this afternoon at 3.45 to let Councillors know that we expect them to support the PUBLIC development of this site, which they voted unanimously in the summer to support.
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