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Hundreds sign online petition against hospice

HUNDREDS of residents have signed online – and paper – petitions, against plans to build a new hospice on Green Belt land.

HUNDREDS of residents have signed online – and paper – petitions, against plans to build a new hospice on Green Belt land.

Last month, Marie Curie submitted a planning application to erect the building, in Marsh Lane.

But the proposals have raised the ire of many residents, who think the charity has chosen the wrong site for the development.

Now the protestors have made their feelings known, with over 300 people signing petitions. From the messages posted so far, it seems that the loss of Green Belt land is what concerns many residents.

Adrian Hill wrote: “I live near the site, and we feel that as residents we have been put in an awful position.

“Many of us have experienced first hand how terrible it is to have a loved one suffer from cancer. But it is a Green Belt site, and it will not provide a peaceful haven sandwiched between two major roads, and near the M42.”

Marie Curie’s existing hospice is on the Warwick Road. According to Liz Cottier, Hospice Manager, the building’s size and age is restricting the charity’s ability to develop.

Under the plans, the Marsh Lane scheme would boast 24 en-suite bedrooms and other modern features. Today (Friday) Marie Curie will be out in Solihull town centre – asking people to sign a petition in support of the plans.

 

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