Future of hospital’s war memorial

HEALTH bosses have met with a conservation expert to discuss plans for the the future of the war memorial at Harborough’s Cottage Hospital.

The hospital, in Coventry Road, is to be sold and its services provided at an improved St Luke’s hospital, in Leicester Road, leading some to question what will happen to the memorial in its entrance.

Dr Dave Briggs, managing director of the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG), which is responsible for the project, said: “We have now met with planners and the conservation officer at Harborough District Council to get advice from them on the war memorial’s future.

“We are also talking to English Heritage and meeting with local organisations later this month to get their views before presenting the options to the people of Market Harborough and the surrounding area.”

People will be asked for their views on the options for the future of the war memorial later in the year.

Meanwhile the design of the new £4m building at St Luke’s is taking shape, with the project team agreeing a revision to the current plans to allow better access for in-patients to the new diagnostics services.

This revision will now be discussed with the architects.

The team is also looking at whether the unit could offer more services than originally specified and the practicality of providing more space is being investigated further, the ELCCG said today (Thursday)