Thursday 7 March 2019

St Lukes Hospice call for your support to protect their patients from intrusive development

Our local hospice, St Lukes, is calling for residents to support their campaign opposing the development of the historic Clock Cottage stable block which is next to the hospice.

 St Lukes Hospice said::

Ask Brent Council to stop their development plans now!  

Brent Council plans to build a controversial new development just 10 metres from patient bedrooms, and just 5 metres from the patients' gardens (pictured above).
St Luke’s has been serving our local community for over 30 years. Last year we provided specialist end of life care to 1,628 people in Harrow and Brent.
Because of closure of beds at two neighbouring NHS Hospices we face a significant increase in demand for our care. The noise and dust from building work of this magnitude, so close to rooms where people at the end of their life are being cared for, will give us no choice but to close at least one third of our in-patient services when it’s needed most.
With the wellbeing of our patients and their families in mind, we strongly object to the proximity of the proposed building to our hospice patients’ beds. People at the end of life need highly specialist care. If we are forced to close at least one third of the Hospice beds, where will people go?
Today, we desperately need your help to protect our patients and defeat these plans.
The badly planned proposed development is intended for people with learning difficulties. People who have passed away at the hospice are taken from a place that will be easily visible from parts of the new development. This, along with the direct views into patient rooms, may cause residents to witness scenes very distressing for them. It also violates the privacy of patients and their families.
We need your support. Please tell the Planning Committee to stop their plans today!
Follow this link to send a message to councillors. All you need is your postcode. LINK
St Lukes Facebook page HERE


Anonymous said...

Does St Luke's have a petition for signing? If so, will the petition be counted as multiple objections or, as has happened many times previously, Brent Council has counted it as ONE objection inspite of numerous signatures.This development needs to be opposed.

Martin Francis said...

You raise an important point. The Council counts identical objections as one. The link here gives a proforma letter but one which can be edited so that you can express your views in your own words and I strongly recommend that is what people do if they want to support St Luke's. The letter is to councillors on the planning committee and they will have to declare them as 'approaches' when the planning application comes to the committee. There will also be a chance for residents to submit comments on the application itself (Support, Object, or Neutral) on the Council's Planning Portal when the final plans are published. Again it is important to make individual comments.