“IT’S so needed in Solihull.” Those are the heartfelt words from the manager of Marie Curie Cancer Care who this week handed in a petition to Solihull Council signed by 11,214 local people supporting plans for a state-of-the-art hospice in the borough.
The charity based in Warwick Road is hoping plans to relocate to a modern purpose designed building on green belt land off Marsh Lane will be granted despite some opposition from local residents.
Liz Cottier, manager said: “The care we are offering will be the same but with the new hospice it will be for the 21 century.”
The charity have searched for eight years to locate a suitable site to erect a new hospice which is set to offer care and support to more people with terminal illnesses in Solihull and the surrounding area.
Currently Marie Curie operates from a 100- year-old building which is inadequate and restrictive.
“The lift we use in the entrance to transport patients as well as goods was donated from Lewis’s department store in Birmingham 30 or 40 years ago!”, added Ms Cottier.
Laura Carpenter from Marston Green is supporting the proposals. Her father Tony was recently cared for in the hospice.
She said: “I don’t know how anybody could oppose a new hospice being built, it’s beyond me that people can object to it really. I can’t speak highly enough of the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull. If the people who object to the plans could go into the hospice and see the work that’s carried out there, it would open their eyes. The hospice can only be a positive thing for the community to have. There are only nine Marie Curie Hospices in the whole of the country, and we should be grateful that there is one on our doorstep.”
The planning application decision is expected to be made by the middle of November.