Atkinson Morley's Hospital Green Space
|Behind the scenes campaign||
Local community groups
have been actively campaigning about various issues connected with the
Atkinson Morley's Hospital site since 1982. LUNG has been formed jointly
by these groups to focus on protection of the 17 acres of open land and ensure that
it remains a public green space for posterity.
What has happened since LUNG's
One of our key challenges has been to raise local awareness of exactly what was being put in danger. Many people in the locality knew of, and supported the retention of the MOL, but far fewer had real experience of its size, its diversity and its potential. The second immediate challenge was to gather together a large group of volunteers who could work on the various aspects of the campaign that we needed to create.
As we are entering a significant
new phase in the campaign,
it is a good time to remind people of what has happened in the last nine
months in order to achieve our objectives:
|Footpath campaign||ongoing since Jul 2001|
|Set up LUNG||Sept/Oct 2002|
|"Behind the scenes" campaigning||ongoing since Sept 2002|
|Family footpath walk||Nov 2002|
|Planning it for Real||end Nov 2002|
|Set up LUNG web-site||Jan2003|
|LUNG objects to NHS Trust's published proposals for the site||ongoing since February 2003|
|Formal meetings with St. George's NHS Trust||ongoing since March 2003|
|Set up Morley Park Trust Ltd||Apr 2003|
|Easter Event for children and families||Apr 2003|
|Victorian Fair||Jun 2003|
|Business Plan for Morley Park Trust||ongoing since February 2003|
|Sweet chestnut trees||ongoing since July 2003|
|Revised planning application||
Successes and Learning for the Future:
These issues are by no means won yet. We have done well to make sure that the whole thing wasn't decided years ago in favour of maximum built development on the whole site. But there is still the possibility of losing the fight at the last hurdle, if the MOL gets sold to a developer and that developer gets away with a high density, poor design for the development.
If you think that what we are doing is important, we need you to do more than just agree with us. We need people to put their energy where their thoughts are! Get in touch, volunteer and see how you could help secure this important area for your children and grandchildren.