A FORMER councillor who was heavily involved in a hospital fight more than a decade ago has backed a fresh campaign to bring services back to Hartlepool.
Edna Wright was a Liberal Democrat representative on Hartlepool Borough Council from 1991-2012, and didn’t pull any punches in the chamber when it came to hospital discussions.
The Mail’s ‘Bring Them Back’ campaign has gained support from almost 8,000 people who have signed petitions both online and in our office Wesley Square.
She played a key role in organising a march against plans to move services from Hartlepool, and regularly spoke out against hospital plans in council meetings whenever the topic arose.
Despite the fact she is no longer involved as a councillor, 68-year-old Edna has lost none of her fight and has been handing out copies of the Mail’s petition to encourage people to do their bit to try and bring services back.
Edna, who lives in Weymouth Drive, said: “I have fought for years for this, so I’m not going to stop now.
“I have signed the petition, and I have been printing them out and handing them out.
“There is a pile in the Bereavement Centre in Park Road, I’ve put some into the Bamburgh Court complex for elderly people and places like West View Resource Centre and the Fitness Connexions gym have them too.
“Everybody is talking about this campaign, and everybody is behind it.
“I was heavily involved in the fight for the hospital a decade ago, and I said from day one that Wynyard was never going to happen.
“The trust tried to convince us that this was a super hospital, but it was never going to be for the people of Hartlepool.
“It was for the Tees Valley, not Hartlepool. We need our own hospital.
“It was going to be £460m, then less than that, then down to £300m. Normally the cost of projects go up, not down.
“This was doomed from the start, it was nothing more than a pipe-dream and I’ve said that for more than 10 years.”
The Mail’s campaign has gained support from across the town, including 197 drinkers from Ye Olde Durham’s Club, in Stockton Road, who added their names to a petition placed on the bar.
To add your support to the petition, which will be handed to bosses at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, click here or call into our office in Wesley Square between 10am-2pm.