Mega Hospital Appeal Goes to Oral Hearing
An appeal filed against the location of a proposed new mega hospital in Windsor will proceed to a full oral hearing.
The group "Citizens for an Accountable Mega Hospital Planning Process" are against the proposed site on County Road 42 at the 9th Concession.
In a decision released Tuesday, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has determined “based on the breadth and nature of the likely issues before it in this appeal, it requires the benefit of an oral hearing.”
The lawyer for CAMPP, Eric Gillespie, says the group is extremely pleased. “The Tribunal has agreed many significant issues have been raised by CAMPP. For those, including the Mayor, who did not seem to understand the importance of this appeal, it’s now clear from an objective perspective they were wrong. CAMPP looks forward to continuing its appeal to a successful conclusion.”
CAMPP says the Appeal Tribunal has directed the parties to continue to work on a formal list of issues, which if not agreed to within 15 days can be addressed before the Tribunal in writing.
The two sides have also been directed to prepare an agreed statement of facts within 45 days.
Windsor Regional Hospital issued a reply: "Windsor Regional Hospital is pleased with the interim decision of LPAT on some preliminary matters and creating focus on the issues that will be subject of appeal.
The Hospital is pleased that this matter is moving forward.
Any delay to this very important infrastructure project for the Windsor/Essex healthcare system needs to be avoided any delay negatively impacts patient care.
Since this is a relatively new process following new legislation it is hard to comment much further."