#385, May 10, 2012
notice from reading your History that you have close links to Nantyglo,
Wales, UK, you have the same history as we, both communities based on
Coal. As you know, we in the UK have a National Health Service, [and]
we as a community were part of the reason the Health Service was formed.
Our forefathers paid out of their wages to build hospitals all over the
South Wales Valleys. We too were founded on Coal and Iron. In 1908, our
forefathers decided to build a hospital in Nantyglo, [which] they funded
by donations, of 2p in the pound out of their wages.
building of the hospital was completed and it opened in 1910 with no help
from Banks or Government. The hospital served the community this way,
until a local Member of Parliament, a certain Nye Bevan, fought to form
the NHS. The hospital was then handed to the NHS in 1948, and continued
to serve the community until recently, when the Health Authority decided
to restructure the service in the area, and they closed our Community
Hospital and others in the area.
local Officers of the Council tried to get the hospital from the NHS;
they fought hard but were denied. So we have formed a group to try and
save it from the developers, who want to knock it down to build 20 Bungalows
on the site. The hospital, plus site, is up for sale for £250,000,
which is a paltry sum when you consider that the Dressed Stone used to
build it is worth at least that amount, without the rest of the recyclable
materials onsite. This , together with a 50 percent grant to build the
Bungalows, makes it a very cheap site to develop.
reason we are contacting you, is, for your community to get behind our
Petition to save the hospital. The more you can get interested, the better
our cause will be, with signatures coming from the people of Nanty Glo
USA, will serve to show the depth of feeling there is to this Demolition.
If any of your residents have gone on to become famous in any way, it
would be great to have their signatures as well.
have attatched a picture of the hospital in question [above]. To see the
petition ( I tried to attach it but cannot, bit of a numpty on here),
you will have to go on Facebook, look for Brynmawr and Nantyglo Past and
you will see it there.
look forward to your reply.
Try this URL to find and sign the petition -