As many of you will know, the demolition of the Johnny Owen Centre has started this week. Understandably, this has caused some upset within the community to see the iconic building be taken down.
This was a difficult decision for us to make – but unfortunately, the level of work and the investment needed to ensure the building was suitable for future use just wasn’t feasible.
We want to re-assure the community that any asbestos found in the building, has been dealt with safely and appropriately.
We appreciate and take on board, that we could have better communicated this out to tenants and the community and will improve on this in the future. We want to reassure you that we did discuss this with members of Johnny Owen’s family and with members of the public in a meeting on 24th July. We used facebook to publicise this meeting, but we understand that some tenants would have preferred to be notified by letter. We will endeavour to do this in future.
In the short term, the land will be used as car parking to alleviate parking pressures on Prince Charles Hospital during renovation works. This will not be a pay and display car park and we expect it to be primarily used by contractors working on Prince Charles Hospital.
When we look at longer term usage for the land, there will be a full community consultation to discuss options.
We apologise for any upset caused by this decision, this was never our intention. If you have any concerns please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.