Friends help Frank

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 

VOLUNTEERS campaigning to save the historic Frank James Hospital in East Cowes met with representatives from its owners during their latest clean-up of the grounds on Saturday.

Peter Madden, representing the owners, and 16 volunteers had a discussion before Mr Madden was taken on a tour of the building to see for himself how it had deteriorated.

The hospital has fallen into disrepair after private development plans stalled.

Tanja Rebel from the Friends of Frank James said: "Whilst the overall structure is sound, the outside desperately needs weatherproofing and general upkeep.

"Certain windows are wide open, the boarding is dubious and bricks are coming down from several directions.

"The main problem is there is very little money available, both from the council as well as the developers.

"However, there have now been several meetings and there will be another one this coming week where all parties will get together and discuss a way forward.

"Overall planning permission has been granted, the main question left is that of density (how many units) and funding.

"Let’s hope that a way forward is found so that Frank James can soon be put back to its former glory."

Frank James Hospital

Friends of Frank James at their latest clean-up. Picture courtesy of Josh Aitken.

Frank James Hospital

The Frank James Hospital as it was in 2002. Picture by Chris Thwaites.

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