Facts and fig­ures for res­i­dents

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

New in­for­ma­tion on ques­tions raised by Air­drie res­i­dents about the po­ten­tial Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal re­lo­ca­tion has been pub­lished ahead of Mon­day’s con­sul­ta­tion dead­line.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing last month’s pub­lic meet­ings at Sir John Wil­son town hall queried health board in­for­ma­tion on the rel­a­tive costs of de­con­tam­i­nat­ing the top- scor­ing site at Gart­cosh and al­ter­na­tive Glen­mavis, as well as the im­pact of the pro­posed new road at the lat­ter area and jour­ney times to Gart­cosh.

The web­site now in­cludes ad­vis­ers’ re­ports on how the ground­work costs of £ 6.2 mil­lion for Gart­cosh and £ 10m for Glen­mavis were cal­cu­lated, not­ing: “Gart­cosh was for­merly the site of steel­works [ and] has al­ready been partly re­me­di­ated due to de­vel­op­ment of the busi­ness park; Glen­mavis was used for land­fill and min­ing.”

It also in­cludes de­tails on how the rush- hour travel times were es­tab­lished, and a state­ment on the planned link road not­ing: “While the coun­cil is de­sign­ing the road in a way to al­low fu­ture ex­pan­sion (du­alling) if fund­ing be­came avail­able, such fund­ing is not in place.

“As the road is be­ing de­signed as a sin­gle car­riage­way, the jour­ney times are an ac­cu­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what would be in place at the time of open­ing of any new hos­pi­tal.”

The new de­tails are avail­able in the fre­quentlyasked ques­tions sec­tion of con­sul­ta­tion web­site www. mon­k­lands. scot. nhs. uk, with mem­bers of the pub­lic hav­ing un­til Mon­day to give their views – ahead of health board mem­bers de­cid­ing on a pre­ferred op­tion.

Colin Lauder, the health board’s di­rec­tor of plan­ning, prop­erty and per­for­mance, said: “We have been lis­ten­ing closely to all the feed­back at pub­lic meet­ings and on so­cial me­dia to iden­tify the is­sues that we are be­ing asked about most of­ten.

“In re­sponse, we’ve pub­lished ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on three key top­ics; our aim is to give the pub­lic and our staff as much clear and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion as they need to al­low them to as­sess the pro­pos­als for the fu­ture of Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Mon­k­lands.”

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