Nearly 1,000 people attended the Save Wantage Hospital Rally in the Market Place on Sunday 22 July. A very peaceful march hiding a depth of feeling. Many of these people were born in the hospital and even more have been treated there in the past. They want to be able to use it again.
The Hospital is currently owned by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (part of NHS Oxfordshire) and they report to HOSC and OCCG (Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group). We need to tell all of these bodies how we feel.
So that we can get our message across as forcefully as possible, we need as many people as possible to write to the Chairmen of these two bodies and attend the following meetings:
- the HOSC meeting on 20 Sept 2018 at 10am at County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
- the OCCG Annual Public Meeting on 27th Sept at 6pm in Jubilee House, Oxford, OX4 2LH
Tell them what you think should happen to the Hospital
What are we campaigning about?
Some 6,200 houses are in the pipeline for Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. More may soon follow.
Government guidelines say that development should be "sustainable". We do not think it is sustainable
to put thousands of houses where medical facilities are increasingly inadequate, schools are virtually above capacity,
there is little employment in the area, and roads to where there is employment are unsuited to commuting.
We came together to campaign for a better deal for our area. As it says in our Aims:
We are not against any development in Wantage and Grove but:
Developments should be proportionate and sustainable
The infrastructure should enhance and improve quality of life for its residents
The County and District Councils may be starting to take the re-opening of Wantage and Grove Station seriously.