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Making the hub a reality

There are three important elements that we need to make the new hub a reality.

The Eugene Street flats

We cannot build the new hub without removing the flats on Eugene Street. Bristol City Council sold the flats to UH Bristol in 2008 for development purposes. No conditions were attached to the sale and the Trust had no expectation that we would retain the site as housing for the long-term. Since the sale, we have agreed to short-term, six month rolling leases for our tenants who are mostly clinical or nursing staff. This is not key worker accommodation.

We are updating our tenants on the progress of our plans and will provide help and support to find them alternative accommodation, as well as a six month notice period.  We are not an accommodation provider or a housing developer - it is not our core business, and every penny we spend on such is less for clinical service priorities including medical equipment and space for clinical service expansion in dermatology, oncology, cardiac and children's services.

Improvements to junctions and pedestrian areas

Access to the hub would be from Dighton Street via Montague Hill South and Eugene Street. The exit would be from a different level than the entrance to prevent traffic congestion. We would fund improvements to the Marlborough Road/ Dighton Street junction to allow for increased traffic flows. Pavements on Dighton Street would also be widened so that we maintain safety for people who walk.

Trust Headquarters car park

Once the new hub is operational, we would remove the car park next to Trust Headquarters. The land would then be available for us to improve NHS services. The spaces that would be lost from this car park have been considered in the number of spaces we propose for the hub, and would be relocated to it.

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