It’s important for people to see the signs of progress

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Lots of people will echo Caroline Dinenage’s assertion that she doesn’t want Haslar to become a housing estate.

That’s not what was intended when the Ministry of Defence sold the former hospital site for a bargain basement price.

So the fact that houses have been put up for sale there was bound to set alarm bells ringing for some.

Add to that the time that has elapsed without any discernible sign of progress being made, and you can start to understand why people in Gosport had concerns.

Many were left bitterly disappointed when the fight to save the town’s Royal Haslar Hospital was lost.

They had campaigned passionately and there are plenty who still believe that Gosport desperately needs a fully-functioning general hospital of its own.

But at least the plan to build a rehabilitation centre and accommodation for veterans seemed like it was in keeping with all that Haslar had symbolised in the past.

To see that plan falter for any reason would therefore feel like something of a betrayal to them.

That’s why we’re pleased to see Matthew Bell from the development company Our Enterprise has now shed some light on the situation.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, it would have been nice to have seen some tangible results in place by now.

But we must trust that the hold-ups have been as a result of efforts made to ensure that the development is right from the very beginning.

There’s certainly a lot to like the sound of when it comes to what the new Haslar will provide.

Giving veterans of all ages a chance to own a home of their own with the right care and support in place will mean a great deal to families in the future.

Of course it would be nice to see some plans that will help people visualise what Our Enterprise has pledged will happen.

We very much hope that the development will soon begin to take shape, so that the people of Gosport can see the wonderful facility that they have been promised for so long.