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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Campaigners seek support for "save our hospital" petition

* The future of Llan Cottage Hospital will be debated tomorrow night.

Aim is to get 1,000 names

North Wales Assembly Member Llyr Huws Gruffydd has agreed to be one of the guest speakers at the community meeting being held tomorrow (Thursday) evening on the future of Llan’s Cottage Hospital.
* Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM
The Plaid Cyrmu AM will join Conservative counterpart and Shadow Welsh Housing and Communities Minister Mark Isherwood on the platform for the meeting.
It has been organised by new local campaign group Llangollen Protest to fight the closure of the hospital proposed recently by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
A spokesman for Llangollen Protest said he had also sent out an invitation for someone from the health centre to attend but had not yet received a response.
Main aim of the group at the meeting, to be held at the Hand Hotel from 7pm, will be to gather support for a local referendum to be held on the closure issue.
Meanwhile, Llangollen Protest is asking people who oppose the hospital closure to sign an online petition at:

Petition organisers say they aim to get at least 1,000 signatures on the petition online.
They will also be distributing hard copies of signature sheets across the town tomorrow, they add.
A campaign spokesman said: “A thousand signatures should be possible.
“There is a campaign to save the bank in Corwen at the moment which has had over 1700 signatures.
“One thousand names in a community the size of Llan would be a fair representation, I think, and would show the strength of feeling.
“We have only some eight weeks left (before the consultation period ends) to gather these and hopefully more.
“This, along with the local referendum campaign, should be effective.”
The health board aims to close the local hospital and transfer some of the services it currently provides across to neighbouring Chirk.
There is also a longer-term plan to build a new health facility on land now occupied by the derelict River Lodge hotel and which is owned by the Welsh Government

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