Controversial Belmont medical centre decision deferred after bad-tempered Sutton Council meeting

Sutton Guardian: The packed out meeting room during the hearing The packed out meeting room during the hearing

A decision on whether to allow a "mini hospital" to be built in Belmont has been deferred after a heated meeting last night.

More than 100 members of the public packed out a meeting room and the corridor outside as Sutton councillors met to discuss plans to build a brand new medical centre on the site of the old Henderson Hospital in Homelands Drive.

The campaigners, who all wore yellow stickers, told councillors on the development control committee the plans were not appropriate for the area, the hospital would not be well-enough served by public transport could harm businesses in Belmont.

But applicant Assura group, which wants to build the new facility as a new home for both the Grove Road and Benhill and Belmont GP practices, said its plans will be beneficial to patients.

Discussion and debate on the application was repeatedly interrupted by heckles from the audience and ended up going on past the 10.45pm cut off point for a decision to be made meaning the application has been deferred to a meeting in January.

The application site

The application is to build the medical centre as well as a group of nine houses. Representatives from Assura told the meeting the two GP surgeries that would be housed in the development have been searching for new premises for 10 years as their existing buildings are old and becoming unfit for purpose.

But opponents of the plans told the meeting they would prefer the scheme goes on the Sutton Hospital site instead due to its better public transport links.

Councillor Peter Geiringer said the area around the site would be affected by traffic because it is 350m from the nearest bus stop. He added: "Belmont Heights is a quiet residential enclave not a car park for a medical centre that is inaccessible by public transport. The traffic will be a tsunami if this gets the go ahead."

Sutton Council's policy is not to make decisions after 10.45pm and when the meeting reached this point it was resolved that the decision be deferred to the next meeting on January 8.

 

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11:46am Thu 19 Dec 13

Giles C says...

"Oh what a tangle web we weave when we practice to decieve"
A quote quite pertinent to the ongoing situation and proceedings here..
Why did the two Sutton South Lib Dem cllrs make out it couldnt go anywhere else when Cllr Clifton has been involved with the Sutton Hospital site looking to turn it into a life science hub?
Could it be because that has already been decided behind the scenes.?
Dr Hudson who i gather didnt get a chance to speak yet could be compromised as an ex Lib Dem cllr.Is he still a memeber of the Lib Dem party and if so how closely aligned is he to these plans.
The administration has got away with so much for so long that they think they are untouchable which they may find out next year is not the case.
"Oh what a tangle web we weave when we practice to decieve" A quote quite pertinent to the ongoing situation and proceedings here.. Why did the two Sutton South Lib Dem cllrs make out it couldnt go anywhere else when Cllr Clifton has been involved with the Sutton Hospital site looking to turn it into a life science hub? Could it be because that has already been decided behind the scenes.? Dr Hudson who i gather didnt get a chance to speak yet could be compromised as an ex Lib Dem cllr.Is he still a memeber of the Lib Dem party and if so how closely aligned is he to these plans. The administration has got away with so much for so long that they think they are untouchable which they may find out next year is not the case. Giles C

1:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

LiberalsOut says...

There is already a hospital over the road SUTTON HOSPITAL
There is already a hospital over the road SUTTON HOSPITAL LiberalsOut

5:21pm Thu 19 Dec 13

CPN says...

I was at the meeting last night; many of the interruptions were because people felt that they have not had their say earlier. There has been very little information about it, a petition only around the Henderson hospital area, not among residents of Belmont generally (apart from a petition organised by the local shop-keepers), certainly not among the patients attending Belmont surgery. The lack of public transport around the Henderson hospital area is crucial; there was a lot of talk about car-parking (I thought we were trying to encourage less use of cars and more of public transport?), a total indifference to those who do not have cars or might not feel well enough to drive, and the walk from the bus-stop (and it is a LONG walk - I drove it this morning to check it out) would be really difficult for so many of the elderly patients of the surgeries, and those with young children

The present Belmont surgery is served by a number of bus routes and the station. The Sutton Hospital site would at least be served by a number of routes also. The Henderson hospital site by none. It felt to me that this was all being suggested for the pleasure of the medical staff, with no consideration for the convenience and needs of the patients
I was at the meeting last night; many of the interruptions were because people felt that they have not had their say earlier. There has been very little information about it, a petition only around the Henderson hospital area, not among residents of Belmont generally (apart from a petition organised by the local shop-keepers), certainly not among the patients attending Belmont surgery. The lack of public transport around the Henderson hospital area is crucial; there was a lot of talk about car-parking (I thought we were trying to encourage less use of cars and more of public transport?), a total indifference to those who do not have cars or might not feel well enough to drive, and the walk from the bus-stop (and it is a LONG walk - I drove it this morning to check it out) would be really difficult for so many of the elderly patients of the surgeries, and those with young children The present Belmont surgery is served by a number of bus routes and the station. The Sutton Hospital site would at least be served by a number of routes also. The Henderson hospital site by none. It felt to me that this was all being suggested for the pleasure of the medical staff, with no consideration for the convenience and needs of the patients CPN

7:35pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Belmont lady says...

I also attended the very crowded meeting. It was interesting to hear that Sutton Council own the land around the Henderson. They have already agreed to sell to Assura (the Applicant) once planning permission is granted. Is this fingers in pie or what?? No wonder Sutton have already recommended granting the application. Belmont Heights is a totally RESIDENTIAL area, a surgery and pharmacy are totally out of place here. The exit to/from Homeland drive is already double parked and the application states ANOTHER 1000 vehicle movements per day.
I also attended the very crowded meeting. It was interesting to hear that Sutton Council own the land around the Henderson. They have already agreed to sell to Assura (the Applicant) once planning permission is granted. Is this fingers in pie or what?? No wonder Sutton have already recommended granting the application. Belmont Heights is a totally RESIDENTIAL area, a surgery and pharmacy are totally out of place here. The exit to/from Homeland drive is already double parked and the application states ANOTHER 1000 vehicle movements per day. Belmont lady

10:06pm Thu 19 Dec 13

GreenBrown says...

"Belmont Heights is a totally RESIDENTIAL area, a surgery and pharmacy are totally out of place here."

Erm, actually i'd say that is exactly the place i'd expect to find such things, especially a surgery. In the poor and often more crowded, more traffic parts of the borough they are dotted all over the place. I love it when your cosy little lives get a taste of everyone else's. Would it be ok if they run a bus service to the site. I bet it wouldn't. Don't get me wrong, I would be against it purely because the new building will no doubt be an eyesore as all new builds are nowadays. Just look at the Wallington medical centre, just ugly.
"Belmont Heights is a totally RESIDENTIAL area, a surgery and pharmacy are totally out of place here." Erm, actually i'd say that is exactly the place i'd expect to find such things, especially a surgery. In the poor and often more crowded, more traffic parts of the borough they are dotted all over the place. I love it when your cosy little lives get a taste of everyone else's. Would it be ok if they run a bus service to the site. I bet it wouldn't. Don't get me wrong, I would be against it purely because the new building will no doubt be an eyesore as all new builds are nowadays. Just look at the Wallington medical centre, just ugly. GreenBrown

7:18am Fri 20 Dec 13

emelem says...

n.i.m.b.y.!

lol.....

i wonder if the same people complaining are happy that the one strip of shops in belmont is practically dead?
n.i.m.b.y.! lol..... i wonder if the same people complaining are happy that the one strip of shops in belmont is practically dead? emelem

1:31pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CPN says...

emelem wrote:
n.i.m.b.y.!

lol.....

i wonder if the same people complaining are happy that the one strip of shops in belmont is practically dead?
As a Belmont resident, no I am not happy. But it is likely to get worse, not better if Mr Amin's pharmacy is made redundant.
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: n.i.m.b.y.! lol..... i wonder if the same people complaining are happy that the one strip of shops in belmont is practically dead?[/p][/quote]As a Belmont resident, no I am not happy. But it is likely to get worse, not better if Mr Amin's pharmacy is made redundant. CPN

4:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

We don't need a privately built mini hospital in Belmont, we already have perfectly good NHS hospitals, our hospitals, Sutton Hospital and St.Helier Hospital. Have the GPs pushing this got a personal financial interest in this Assura private company?
We don't need a privately built mini hospital in Belmont, we already have perfectly good NHS hospitals, our hospitals, Sutton Hospital and St.Helier Hospital. Have the GPs pushing this got a personal financial interest in this Assura private company? Michael Pantlin

2:39am Sun 22 Dec 13

Jonny English says...

Seems stupid to build a new complex when there is already one in place(sutton hospital). Surely it's common sense to use the existing site that is already well serviced by public transport and easily accessible. Why would you not go with that, seems a no brainer to me. Maybe there is something more sinister and underhand involved??!!
Seems stupid to build a new complex when there is already one in place(sutton hospital). Surely it's common sense to use the existing site that is already well serviced by public transport and easily accessible. Why would you not go with that, seems a no brainer to me. Maybe there is something more sinister and underhand involved??!! Jonny English

10:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

The Cardinal says...

We need state-of-the-art medical facilities in Sutton to save lives. I believe that if this facility is to be built on Belmont Heights, the gated Dorcherster road must remain shut and is not open to traffic as it will endanger the lives of children and pets. Further, the road into Belmont Heights would require traffic lights and speed camera so to stop number of selfish drivers who driving at speed into Sutton.
We need state-of-the-art medical facilities in Sutton to save lives. I believe that if this facility is to be built on Belmont Heights, the gated Dorcherster road must remain shut and is not open to traffic as it will endanger the lives of children and pets. Further, the road into Belmont Heights would require traffic lights and speed camera so to stop number of selfish drivers who driving at speed into Sutton. The Cardinal

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