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PRESS RELEASE: Labour’s Rosie Duffield MP Comments on Sale of Old St. Martin’s Asylum Land

**PRESS RELEASE**

LABOUR MP, ROSIE DUFFIELD, SAYS SALE OF OLD ST MARTIN’S ASYLUM LAND IN CANTERBURY PRESENTS GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SOCIAL HOUSE BUILDING IN OUR AREA

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Canterbury’s MP, Rosie Duffield, has welcomed the news from the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust that, in agreement with NHSI, the Trust has sold the land on which the old city’s asylum sits.

The land has been sold to Homes England for £6.32 Million.

The Trust has promised that every single penny from the sale will go into improving local mental health services.

Rosie Duffield MP welcomed the news, ‘The old building has long been an underused shell, and the profits from this sale will be essential in helping improve local mental health services and the wards at the new St. Martin’s hospital. I had discussions with the Chief Executive last year and I am pleased with these much-needed new moves to improve facilities for the mental health services locally.’

Ms Duffield continued, ‘The sale of the land to Homes England presents our council with an opportunity to review their local plan with a view to this new land being used primarily for mixed social housing and commercial use. The waiting lists for those in temporary accommodation in need of permanent homes are awful in this area, with 100s of families left in unsuitable accommodation because this council lacks housing options and has failed to building any substantial amount of accommodation that meets local need. I look forward to seeing plans develop for this new site.’

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For further information on the sale, contact the Chief Executive’s Office, Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust: 01622 72412

*NHSI: https://improvement.nhs.uk/

For further information from Rosie Duffield’s Office, please contact Charlotte Cornell: 01227 467 888