LETTERS From Tanja Rebel, Cowes:
SINCE March 2011, the Friends of Frank James have put in a lot of effort to save this iconic building and its gardens from total ruin.
One-and-a-half years have now passed and we wonder why the Frank James Memorial Hospital still has not been secured, despite repeated assurances that you, the owners of the site, were finally going to deal with this.
We have waited patiently for all this time, wanting to believe your claims to be doing all you can to get things started. However, until now there has been precious little proof this is the case.
Windows are still open, fences are still unsecured and the building itself is still falling apart.
If it were not for the efforts of the Friends of Frank James, doors and other entrances would still have been unlocked and the grounds themselves would have remained a jungle. However, despite hard work from volunteers, plants are still climbing the building, destroying the fabric of the brickwork.
Every minute this is allowed to continue will add to the cost of refurbishment and you know it. The question is, how much do you care?
The Friends of Frank James do care. We have done the work on the grounds out of love for the building and its surroundings and because it is a crime to let an iconic building like this deteriorate any further. However, we can only do so much and it is now time for the owners to take their responsibility.
Does the IW Council really need to issue an urgent works notice or will you now finally take action?
While we appreciate you have had difficulties in the past when securing planning permission as well as gaining vehicle access to the building, you have now had planning permission for a long time.
If you are not intending to make something of this, why don’t you sell the building to someone who will take care of it? Or will the council have to do a compulsory purchase?
You see, in contrast to its predecessor, this council does care about our Island’s heritage and it will not see it destroyed because of continued negligence.