I said in an earlier blog post that I would provide an update if there was a decision about the new hospital, so here are my thoughts now that Deputy Young has approved the planning application.
The first thing to say is that as I noted earlier, I was an objector to the planning application for the hospital. I am on record as opposing the Overdale planning application because of its massive scale, effect on the skyline and the island’s heritage.
The second things to say is that the process of getting here has been a disaster. The government’s “ends justify the means” approach has been immensely damaging to confidence in the whole political system. By getting “in principle” approval for Overdale as the site for the hospital without revealing the scale of the building that would be required they eventually got their way, but we will all pay the price in terms of loss of trust in government. The building we are getting is going to be a terrible scar on the landscape.
I pay tribute to those who fought against this planning application. It was a good fight.
However, the third thing to say is that in my previous blog post I said I was a believer in process. The planning inspector has reported. His conclusion was unambiguous. The ministers has followed the inspector’s recommendation. Therefore my view is that if elected, I cannot envisage circumstances in which I would support re-opening the hospital location debate.
There comes a point when we all have to move on.