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Residents’ parking plan for hospital neighbours

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

Cllr Julian Mott

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A RESIDENTS’ parking zone could be set up near Burton’s Queen’s Hospital following anger surrounding its controversial car park system.

Nearly 50 residents attended a meeting of the Hospital Residents’ Forum, to give their views and gain up-to-date information about car parking in and around the hospital.

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council and attended by Shelagh McKiernan, who represents Horninglow on Staffordshire County Council, Richard Rayson, community liaison manager for Staffordshire Highways, Geoff Neild, head of facilities for the hospital and Peter Hunt, the hospital’s head of estates.

The meeting heard from residents about the problems that they have in parking near their homes. They claimed this has been a problem for many years and residents are anxious to see a speedy solution.

An action group, made up of local residents, has been formed to consult and encourage speedy results.

Many residents cannot find anywhere to park near their homes. Others have difficulty getting in and out of their drives because of inconsiderate parking, mainly, they believe, by hospital staff.

Local resident Louise Damant, who is a member of the action group, said a leaflet drop and door knock ensured a good turnout of the meeting.

She said: “People are just so exasperated at this. Some people have been fighting this for more than a decade and are really frustrated.

“We have heard that some people are parking half a mile away from their homes and having to unload babies and shopping on a busy road.

“It is only going to get worse as the hospital expands and clinic hours get longer.

“From the meeting we have had some commitment from the hospital to re-think its provision of residents’ parking in the car park and a review of charging blue badge holders.”

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