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Dawn logs on to campaign for new facilities

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has stepped up her campaign for the new South Bristol Hospital with a little help from social networking website Facebook.  Dawn joined the website this afternoon, and immediately created a South Bristol Hospital group to bring the plans to a wider audience.

Dawn said:

“One or two people – maybe even some politicians - seem to use Facebook to get as many virtual ‘friends’ as possible but it can also be used to help raise the profile of important issues too. That’s why I’ve set up a South Bristol Hospital group on Facebook.  It’s pretty basic at the moment, but I will be adding lots more information about the new hospital, skills academy and health-plex that’s planned for the site. I’ve just sent dozens of comments I’ve received about the hospital planning application off to the planning office, so it’s obvious that local people are really excited that progress is being made, and want work to start quickly. Through Facebook, I hope many more people will now get involved to make sure our hospital is up and running as soon as possible.”

Dawn met with Council Leader Helen Holland this morning to discuss progress on the scheme.  Three planning applications – one for the hospital, one for City of Bristol College’s new skills academy, and one for the infrastructure required for such a project – have now been submitted.  They will be taken to the City Council’s planning committee for consideration in the near future.

Commenting, Helen said:

“I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me how much we need a hospital in South Bristol and, finally, that dream is looking like becoming a reality.  We’ve put some real impetus into the proposals in the last few months, and it’s vital that we keep the campaign going all the way.  I’m delighted that Dawn has joined Facebook to support the transformation of Hengrove Park.  Who knows, perhaps I’ll even be tempted to sign-up!”

You can join the South Bristol Hospital group here.

[11 January 2008]

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