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Five sites shortlisted for Jersey's new hospital

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FIVE sites have been shortlisted as possible locations for Jersey’s new hospital.

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The sites are: St Andrew’s Park; the People’s Park; Overdale; a group of fields to the north of Five Oaks in St Saviour; and Millbrook playing field plus farm land north of the inner road in St Lawrence.

The Five Oaks site covers the fields running between Rue du Moulin and the former JEP office, as well as fields across the main road.

Five Oaks (28822740)

The Millbrook site covers the area currently occupied by the Nightingale Hospital as well as fields across the Inner Road.

Millbrook (28822745)

Further investigations will now be carried out by the newly-appointed design and construction consortium, who will look in greater detail at the feasibility of each site.

They will assess a range of factors that could affect the ability to deliver Jersey’s new hospital by 2026. These include the impact on the local environment, infrastructure requirements, overall cost and any site-specific issues.

The site analysis will run throughout the summer before a preferred site is recommended to the Our Hospital Political Oversight Group in September. During that analysis, the partner will also be speaking to the clinicians and the Our Hospital Citizens’ Panel, as well as seeking further engagement with Islanders throughout the summer.

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The States will then be asked to debate the preferred site in November.

The Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, has already lodged a proposition seeking to protect St Andrew's Park from development.

He has also stated that the States has previously voted against building the hospital on the People's Park.

In the report accompanying his proposition, Mr Crowcroft said: ‘It is regrettable that the Government of Jersey does not appear to understand the value of public parks despite the many debates that have taken place in recent years, and despite decisions by the States Assembly over the years not only to protect those parks which we have but also to add to the quality and quantity of public green space in the Island.'

Richard Heath

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