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Serenity 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.

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Yes you're perfectly right HGrover. And yes I can see the financial logic behind the schemes. Never really thought about the probability that by not providing a solution brings in more revenue for the council.

I don't mind the scheme being introduced on our road, Unfortunately it's yet another sign of the times for whatever reason. But I would like to see our scheme improved on and working to create a better living environment for the local residents. What I would like to see is it fully implemented that's the only way it will have any chance of reducing the flow of traffic to the area. And provide enough adequate parking permit spaces for the residents. Who when all said and done pay for the scheme. Sorry HGrover a bit of a soap box rant there. But you do get fed up of half hearted measures. And a scheme that only goes half the way to resolving the problem of traffic and parking issues is so frustrating.

And your right again about needing to know if there are any future plans scheduled to tackle the problem at source and how the local residents will be involved.

What's your views Oliver? There have been a few posters on here that I'm sure would be only to happy to attend a meeting to discuss matters relating to our area.

Oliver you're an excellent councillor but unfortunately trying to get you to answer an email is very difficult. I can appreciate that you must have a lot to go through so would there be any chance that we can have your mobile number again so that we can contact you that way?