Residents hand in unit petition

NEAALM110613E1 - Chris Carey presents a petition to Chairman of Greasley parish council Cllr Christine Bird
NEAALM110613E1 - Chris Carey presents a petition to Chairman of Greasley parish council Cllr Christine Bird

A PETITION protesting against the closure of the mobile breast screening unit in Newthorpe was handed to councillors at a meeting this week.

Resident and petition organiser Chris Carey turned up to the Greasley Parish Council meeting on Monday night to formally hand the petition of 2,291 signatures over to councillors.

He said: “The response was very, very positive. The feeling of the community is extremely strong and really quite angry.

“People said it was having a profound effect on them. There’s a lot of anger and a lot of anxiety.”

The mobile breast screening unit, based at the back of the Greasley Sports Centre, was taken away after a handful of residents living nearby complained about the noise of the generator.

Mr Carey said at the meeting the group were ‘short-sighted’ and ‘selfish’.

“When you think about the facility that was provided it takes some thought to think of the kind of person that would object to it.”

“It was closed because of the short sightedness and selfish action of certain people.”

Cllr Ian Coupland said the complaining residents had ‘stirred up an unnecessary hornets’ nest’.

The residents who complained were not available for comment.

Nottinghamshire University Hospitals is now looking at bringing the unit back and plugging it into the mains underground.