Felixstowe: Campaigners demand to know Bartlet sale price

CAMPAIGNERS are to press health bosses to reveal how much Felixstowe’s Bartlet Hospital is sold for when the deal is completed.

Roy Gray, from the Bartlet action group, said it would be wrong if the price was to remain secret as it would be public money.

“The news that sale of the Bartlet is allegedly near to completion must be a great relief for the Primary Care Trust, who obviously had to get it off their books before their closure next April,” said Mr Gray.

“We will be very interested to know how much they have sold the building and land for and must ensure that all the proceeds are used in Felixstowe.

“We must all keep close watch on the Felixstowe Community Hospital, or General as most of us know it, with it being run by SERCO from October.”

The new owners of The Bartlet on Bath Hill will have consent to convert the former hospital into 19 apartments, its annexe to nine town houses and flats, plus build a terrace of three new town houses in the grounds.

Councillors agreed the developers would not have to provide any affordable homes as part of the project because it would make the scheme unviable.

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They also agreed the owners would pay no playspace contributions despite the lack of land on site for gardens and play facilities, and it was decided it was not appropriate for a profit agreement should the development make more cash than expected.

It is understood there were a number of bids for the listed building, which was put on the market with a starting guide price of �600,000.

NHS Suffolk said the sale was in the “final stages” of an agreement.