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HGrover posted..

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HGrover I understand that the parking is getting worse and why? Why are the local residents having to pay to park on the road where they live? Why are we even being asked to consider turning our recreational grounds car park into overflow car park for the hospitsl?

Yes the hospital has grown and is continuing to grow and that is the problem the parking facilities within the hospital haven’t grown with it. This is where the real heart of the problem lies and has done for years and years, but unfortunately for the local residents nothing been done to try to sort the lack of parking facilities out. That's really pushing the problem on in my eyes.

If Green Lane car park became pay and display it would increase the flow of traffic to the area and we already suffer badly now, due to drivers looking for free parking spaces instead of paying to park at the hospital.Which you can't blame them.

All of these problems are not the local residents fault but we're made to pay the price by increased traffic and continued parking issues and now were having to pay to park on the road where we live due to congested parking issues.

The parking problems need to be dealt with at source and not turning the nearby streets and facilities into overflow car parks for the hospital. Parking needs to be made a priority within the hospital strategic plans.

And perhaps the little that can be done at the moment is to make parking at the hospital free (as it is in scotland).
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Serenity – you make excellent points and I agree with them all.

I think as there is continued pressure on parking spaces, resident only schemes are becoming more commonplace in many areas. At the end of the day, I view it as an additional tax that will slowly and surely creep in across many towns and villages where there is a high population and shortage of land to build car parks. I am not saying that I agree with it, but my view is that this is part of a bigger plan across the country to generate council revenues.

There is no doubt that the hospital creates the parking problems that we face. I am sure that there will be a master plan and car parking strategy in place. Perhaps Oliver could advise on the Council’s input to this and in particular how local residents’ voices are heard.