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Security measures to protect hospital and war memorial

Security measures at the vacant Market Harborough District Hospital and war memorial.

by Alex Cameron

A range of security measures have been put in place to protect the vacant Market Harborough District Hospital and its listed war memorial.

Clinical services have now moved out of the hospital, in Coventry Road, after the opening of the nearby £7.5 million St Luke’s Treatment Centre on the site of St Luke’s Hospital, on Leicester Road.

The former hospital site, which is owned by NHS Property Services, has been declared surplus to the requirements of the NHS by East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.

The role of NHS Property Services is to manage the sale of the site for the benefit of the NHS and to protect the vacant property. While the sale process continues, a range of security measures have been being brought in, including:

Security measures at the vacant Market Harborough District Hospital.

  • Metal fencing around the open boundary of the site
  • Security shutters on doors and windows
  • A secondary metal fence around the listed war memorial portico
  • Security patrols

The war memorial will remain visible to the public and although it will not be accessible, access will be arranged when required, including for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday.

The Market Harborough branch of the Royal British Legion and Market Harborough Cottage Hospital Portico War Memorial Group are supportive of the measures being taken to protect the property.

A spokesman for NHS Property Services said: “We are bringing in a range of measures to protect the vacant Market Harborough District Hospital building and the war memorial now that healthcare services have relocated.”

Meanwhile, work continues to progress the sale of the site.

The spokesman for NHS Property Services added: “We know the old hospital site and the listed War Memorial are important to local people. Our key objective is to secure best value for the site on behalf of the NHS and the taxpayer, with all proceeds returned to the NHS.

“We have engaged heritage specialists to help inform our decision on how to proceed and will continue work with the local planning authority and the war memorial group in order to progress this as swiftly as possible.”

If anyone wishes to arrange access to the war memorial, please contact pauline.baynes@property.nhs.uk