A PETITION calling for the owners of the former Frank James Memorial Hospital to be forced to make repairs to the building has been handed in to the Isle of Wight Council.
Within hours of the launch at the East Cowes Heritage Centre, hundreds of people had signed it.
The Friends of Frank James want a statutory repairs notice to be served on the owners of the former hospital building, which has lain empty and abandoned since being sold by the NHS to developers in 2002.
They said the council had a statutory responsibility to protect Island heritage.
In total, more than 2,500 signatures have been collected so the issue can be debated at the next full meeting of the IW Council on June 18.
The petition was handed over to Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith, the member with special responsibility for heritage.
Thanking Island MP Andrew Turner for his support, Tanja Rebel, from the friends, said: "We now hope the issue will be taken further in order that Frank James finally can be saved for generations to come."
As previously reported, the council believes a repairs notice cannot be served because the Crown still has an interest in the land.
A repairs notice cannot be served in relation to Crown land.
Urgent work was first said to be required several years ago.
The Friends of Frank James is an East Cowes-based community organisation committed to saving the building.