LLRA have had further updates on activities at St George’s hospital:
Benbow Way, Vehicle & Pedestrian Access
In late December, ten pop up bollards were installed at the hospital entrance on Benbow Way and were left in the retracted position over the Christmas holiday period. The bollards will be raised at some point in the New Year, once the hospital is confident that all deliveries, visitors, emergency services and staff are fully aware that access to the site from Benbow Way is no longer possible. This should reduce hospital traffic on both Benbow Way and Carram Way and will encourage staff and visitors to use the Long Leys Road entrance to access the hospital.
The hospital has also put up signs at the Benbow Way entrance.
LLRA welcomes this approach which closes off vehicle access whilst still allowing pedestrian access to the Discovery Cafe and allows local residents to use the hospital grounds as a cut through to Long Leys Road. However, LLRA has also highlighted to the hospital that the measures are unlikely to fully eliminate parking issues on Carram Way when the hospital car parks are full. LLRA will review the situation again with the hospital when the access changes have had time to bed down.
Future Hospital Development Plans
LLRA understand that the hospital was unsuccessful in its recent bid for funding to further develop the St George’s site which involved the development of the area currently occupied by Trust House and Gervas House. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust advises: “We will be going back to the drawing board to potentially look at how we can differently utilise the existing buildings and may consider a smaller development. We will keep you posted on this.“
LLRA have responded by saying that, to guide hospital thinking on future development, LLRA would prefer to see the brick frontage (containing the post box) together with the facade of Gervas House maintained; primarily as it is one of the most significant buildings of any age or distinction in the Long Leys area.
Note: A community consultation on the development of the Long Leys Neighbourhood Plan, likely to be in Summer 2019, will give all residents an opportunity to express their views on whether protecting Gervas House and other buildings should be included as a part of the Neighbourhood Plan.