Save Our Heritage - Melton Mowbray

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Save Our Heritage - Melton Mowbray

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Glynn Cartwright started this petition to Joe Orson - MBC Council Leader and

The NHS/Homes England are trying to get outline Planning Permission to demolish most of the old St Mary’s Hospital site on Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray for Housing. It is estimated 50 new homes can be erected on the site. The proposal would be to demolish all of the old buildings on site with the exception of part of the original Workhouse and incorporate that into the housing to give 4 x 1 bed apartments. It would include demolition of the Vagrants Cells which date back to the 1770’s. The original boundary wall would be retained but established trees would be felled and replaced with fewer, new trees set back from the boundary wall. The existing, single entrance point would be retained as the only entrance and exit onto the main A607. At this point the site is on a busy, main road and not far from a major road junction which is traffic light controlled. Residents already add to the dangers of this road by parking their cars on the main road. It is also on the route to a primary school and for access to the town centre.

The site is one of Melton’s few remaining sites of local history. Over the years much of Melton’s history has been demolished. This is not the first time the NHS have wanted to sell off of our hospital sites for housing. Recently they sold off the War Memorial hospital which had been given to the people of the town and the NHS pocketed the money.  We say they must not keep selling off local historical assets for housing development. A compromise must be found. There can be no dispute the town will need more housing but it also needs its heritage, which in this case includes the Vagrants Cells. A way must be found to retain our town’s heritage for the benefit of our children and grandchildren and generations to come.

We call upon MBC, Councillors and the NHS/Homes England to work together with the people of Melton to find an acceptable solution to this problem before the site is sold.

Melton Mowbray is Our Town, Our Streets, Our Homes. They and Our Town’s History Matter To All of Us.

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