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Hospice bid fighters oppose planned site

THE row over plans to relocate a Marie Curie Hospice to a Green Belt site continues to rumble on.

THE row over plans to relocate a Marie Curie Hospice to a Green Belt site continues to rumble on.

Now, opponents of the scheme have written a lengthy letter to the council’s planning department - outlining their objections to the proposals.

Included in the letter are many of the comments posted by local people in an online petition. A total of almost 400 “signatures” were collected in recent weeks.

Annette Whibley, from the Marsh Lane Area Residents Group, said: “We emphasise that MLARG is not opposed to Marie Curie building a new hospice in Solihull, but we are opposed to it being sited on Green Belt land in Marsh Lane, with all the traffic and road safety issues that raises.

“And we point out that many of the local residents who object to the development have had personal experience of cancer and palliative care and have many reasons to be grateful to organisations like Marie Curie.”

Marie Curie’s plans to relocate from their current home in Warwick Road to a purpose-built site in Marsh Lane have divided opinion from the outset.

Opponents have repeatedly said that the site which the charity has earmarked is simply not suitable, highlighted the loss of Green Belt and potential traffic problems.

The charity, who have recently canvassed for support in Solihull town centre, argue that their new facilities will be a huge benefit to local people.

A decision over the application is expected later this year, when the plans go before Solihull Council’s planning committee.

 

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