DETAILS of a concessionary scheme for disabled parking at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital have been revealed.
The inaugural meeting of the Limited Mobility Users car parking focus group, set up after Belvedere Road bosses decided to offer help to blue badge holders following the introduction of controversial charges, saw an agreement reached on what the scheme should involve.
It will see visitors to the hospital given an extra half an hour of free parking and the creation of a pre-registration scheme.
Geoff Neild, head of facilities at the hospital, said: “It was a very positive meeting and the hospital is keen to work with people to ensure that those with limited mobility are not financially disadvantaged in any way.
“The new concessionary rate will provide those with limited mobility and their carers an extra half an hour free of charge to access the hospital sites and return to their vehicles.
“A simple system will be established for blue badge holders with mobility issues to pre-register their car registration numbers which will be recognised on our site in Burton.
“The new system will be introduced from October 2013 and run for a trial period of three months when it will be reviewed by the user group to ensure it is working effectively.”
One of the main campaigners for changes to the hospital parking charges, Adrian Wedgwood, was in attendance at the meeting.
He said: “It is now imperative that blue badge holders with significant mobility issues and organisations who represent the disabled contact Geoff Neild and use this welcome opportunity to make sure that their needs are understood fully, so that the group can consider them and can ensure they are informed of all the concessions that will be available.”
The car number plate recognition system will be introduced at Queen’s Hospital during next month.
The group will meet again on September 30 and the hospital is keen to hear from anyone interested in joining, particularly people representing disabled groups, users and carers.
Anyone interested in joining the group should call Geoff Neild on 01283 511511, ext 5601.