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Mind in West Essex announced their new Harlow base

Charity / Tue 9th Apr 2024 at 01:19pm

LOCAL charity Mind in West Essex have recently reached agreement with Harlow District Council and have purchased Osler House in Prentice Place, Potter Street, Harlow from the District Council. 

The premises which was a former GP surgery that closed in April 2018 will undergo significant renovation and improvement before Mind in West Essex will move their existing services from their current base in Bushfair, Harlow where they have been based since 2002. 30 staff will work from Osler House.

CEO of Mind in West Essex Alison Wilson said “We are delighted that this acquisition will secure the long-term future of Mind In West Essex in Harlow and by doing so enables us to continue to serve the needs of the local people. 

Over the next few months, we will be creating opportunities for local people to come in and take a look and share with us their ideas on how some of the space could be used for the benefit of the community.”

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7 Comments for Mind in West Essex announced their new Harlow base:

gary roberts
2024-04-09 16:08:29

So now Osler House has been sold the residents' will have to work with the Mind charity in an effort to get the NHS medical services the area needs. Will they be open to the services outlined in the Health and well being hub plan by Colin Thorpe and the late Jane Chivrall and others. If elected I will find out. I would also like to know how much the council sold it for. Remember there was no consultation by the council on its sale or indeed with the patients when it closed in early 2018. Hopefully the Potter Street neighbourhood hasn't been shafted again by this council and others.

Staff Reporter
2024-04-09 21:50:16

From Cllr Leppard. Gary Roberts, although you have been cynical, we told you repeatedly that the council was negotiating with the highly reputable charity MIND to takeover Osler House, which had been left vacant and unmaintained since 2018. The sale was conducted fully at arms length following an independent professional valuation that reflected the state of disrepair. We have written evidence confirming that Colin Thorpe, Chair of the Harlow Common Residents Association was aware of these negotiations and was content for MIND to operate there. As is stated by MIND in this report, they are very open to talks with Colin and the wider community to expand the use of the premises and facilities. Furthermore, MIND will undertake all repairs for their own account. However, you were told all this sometime ago so you must be truly delighted that what was promised has come to fruition. It is a genuinely positive benefit for the Potter Street community. You might also be pleased to know that there is no need to get elected to find out what services they will offer as we understand they have phones and emails which can be used to contact them. As far as the consultation or lack thereof by the Council in 2018 ahead of the closure of Osler House, we do not feel qualified to comment as that was long before this administration took office. Perhaps you should address such questions to the erstwhile Harlow Common Councillors - Maggie Hulcoop (Labour); Emma Toal (Labour) and Mark Wilkinson (Labour).

gary roberts
2024-04-10 05:27:21

Cllr. Leppard, it is always good to hear from you with apparently what you told me. I challenge that completely. The residents' of Potter Street were not consulted about the sale. How much did the council sell Osler House for? Mind you it is pre-election time isn't it!

Graham vh
2024-04-10 09:57:41

I am a trained long serving volunteer for Mind all I'm concerned with is parking for the staff etc

Alison Wilson
2024-04-10 13:39:14

Hi Graham - we note your concern, please have a chat with Kelly, Craig or myself next time you see one of us at Bush fair. We will be happy to talk through that with you

Susie Grady
2024-04-10 16:37:23

Would like to be involved please . James and Susie Grady.

Bruce Downey
2024-04-11 06:23:14

Graham vh, There are several car parks very close.. front & back of Prentice Place, and a new car park being constructed where it is boarded up on Southern Way. Also there is a bus stop close by, with connections to the town and Epping.

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