The Wantage Hospital was paid for, built and kitted out by the residents of Wantage and the surrounding villages. It was then taken over by the NHS 70 years ago but still supported by the Friends of Wantage Hospital who have raised funds for it ever since.
Its minor injuries unit closed temporarily in 2002 and has yet to reopen. The 10 remaining in-patient beds were closed "temporarily" on 7 July 2016.
We are meeting on Foliat Green at 2pm and walking past the hospital (at roughly 2.15) and along Wallingford Street to the Market Place where Ed Vaizey MP and Councillor Jenny Hannaby will address the rally at 3pm.
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:
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