Labour Councillor's in Luton & Wayfield are very concerned about the potential for a new health facility in Luton.
We believe the proposed location is not suitable given accessibility with Luton Road via very narrow streets (Edinburgh / Alexandra Road). We also believe other locations should be considered by the NHS including potential locations on Barnfield / Street End Road and that this should have been negotiated given the change to the plans at Hook Meadow.
We have also raised with the Council the opinions of residents on the consultation, and the response to the development from environmental and green space groups; including Friends of Horsted Valley.
The NHS facility in Luton was proposed in 2009, at the same time as new school buildings for Luton School, and at a time when an NHS 'Healthy Living' site at Hook Meadow was being considered for Wayfield.
This has since changed
Our latest information is that the Luton School merger will not occur and that there is no funding for improved school buildings (a fact we will be raising in full council on Thursday). The NHS centre in Hook Meadow which was to service Wayfield, is also not being persued, so we believe this reinforces our position that a site covering Luton & Wayfield should have been considered.
We have requested maps from the Council and PCT on the proposed boundaries that were considered in 2009 by the NHS.
We support a new 'Healthy Living' centre in the area and understand the fact our health demographics are concerning; but this needs to be placed with the consent of the local population who do not feel consulted with.
We will stand by residents in Pheasant Road, Edinburgh Road, Lawn Close and Alexandra who are opposed to this development