Duke backs fight to get hospital

THIS week the Duke of Norfolk has backed the fight to get Littlehampton’s promised hospital built as campaigners plan to take their battle direct to health bosses.

Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, has returned his protest letter adding his voice to the thousands now calling on health chiefs to deliver what the town has been promised for more than six years.

A delegation of campaigners led by Arun District Council’s Leader, Cllr Gillian Brown, will take the fight straight to the door of health chiefs when they meet in public for the first time later this month.

The newly formed Sussex Cluster PCT, which is the body now responsible for delaying the hospital, meets at the Hawth in Crawley at 2pm on Thursday, July 28.

Campaigners will leave in a ‘battle bus’ from the Civic Centre in Littlehampton at around 12.30pm. A peaceful demonstration will take place outside the Hawth before the meeting starts and campaigners will use the public question time opportunity to pointedly ask health leaders why the town still has no hospital.

Cllr Mrs Brown said: “This is the first public meeting of the Sussex Cluster PCT since it was formed earlier this year. I am still waiting for an official response to my letter asking why the project has been so beset with delays and made the subject of such unnecessary bureaucracy so we will now travel to them and ask the same questions again in public.”

She will be joined by Littlehampton Town Mayor Alan Gammon and local hospital hero Bob McDowall who has spent the last month on his mobility scooter gathering more than 1,200 signatures.

The council is providing a free coach for people who want to attend to meeting at the Hawth. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Reserve seats calling 01903 737606/ 01903 737607.