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Changes to scheme would be ‘too costly’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Adrian Wedgwood

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HOSPITAL chiefs have revealed ‘significant costs’ would be involved if they were to change a controversial parking system.

Bosses at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital told the Mail they did investigate the possibility of changing the system during a recent review, but said the move would cost too much and would have taken ‘several months to implement’.

It comes as a campaigner who has fought for changes at the Belvedere Road site revealed he had learned that changes to make the system easier for visitors and patients to use would have cost in the region of £250,000.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “The board did look at the possibility of changing the actual car parking system.

“To change it in its entirety would incur significant costs and would take several months to implement.

“The issue of patients and visitors having to remember the time that they arrived on site is an area where we are still in discussions with the car parking contractor to see what further improvements and changes can be made.”

Adrian Wedgwood, of Barton under Needwood, said the issue was discussed at a recent meeting of the Limited Mobility Advisory Group, set up last year to put and end to parking problems for disabled people at Queen’s.

He said: “I think the matter is simple – to change the system so that it allows users to just type in their numberplate and be told how much they owe, instead of remembering what time they arrived, would have cost too much money.

“It is believed that it cost Parking Eye, which operates the system for Queen’s, £120,000 to install the current system last year, and it would have cost £250,000 to install a system where it tells you how long you have been parked at the hospital.”

The hospital failed to respond to the Mail’s requests for a comment on the cost of the scheme.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths is set to meet with hospital chiefs and plans to call on them to scrap the system currently in place.

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