ONLINE POLL: Should Mansfield District Council make a compulsory purchase order at former General Hospital site?

Mansfield's Old General Hospital.'August 2011
Mansfield's Old General Hospital.'August 2011

THESE were the scenes of disuse and neglect at Mansfield’s former General Hospital this week - as campaigners claimed they were being ignored in favour of other regeneration projects.

The old hospital has now been derelict more than 17 years and has become one of the town’s most notorious eyesores.

Residents and community leaders near the West Hill Drive site have fought a long and bitter battle with Nottingham businessman MH Adam to get the building demolished and replaced.

And this week they repeated their calls for Mansfield District Council to take action by making a compulsory purchase order on the site.

Members of the West Hill Residents’ Association said news the council was spending cash on a plan for another Mansfield eyesore - the former brewery site - was like ‘rubbing salt in our wounds’.

Roy Bainton, chairman of the association, said: “Unless it is taken away from the person who owns it, it will remain like this.

“Whereas we’re in solidarity with anyone living in the vicinity of the brewery site, we would argue that its negative social impact fades into insignificance compared to the hospital site.”

Progress seemed to be taking place in the long-running saga two years ago when the council issued a final ultimatum to Mr Adam ordering him to clean up the site.

The Section 215 Notice demanded that the businessman removed graffiti and weeds, repaired fencing and boundary walls and boarded up broken windows.

And when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Mr Adam accepted a substantial amount of work was required to tidy it up.

This week our photos once again show broken windows, damaged fencing and knee-high weeds growing on the site - although some residents say the appearance has improved.

Others said they would like to see progress at the site but admit they have become used to it being empty.

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