Hospital parking under discussion

Newly enforced parking charges at Scarborough (and Bridlington) Hospital. 110339k
Newly enforced parking charges at Scarborough (and Bridlington) Hospital. 110339k

A PATIENTS’ group has approached Scarborough Hospital to raise “major concerns” about the car parking situation.

Leo McGrory, chairman of the Scarborough and District Local Involvement Network (LINk) met with members of the trust board to talk about the issues surrounding parking enforcement, which started on February 1.

Since then attendants have been giving out £60 fines to anyone who has not paid and displayed or those who may be causing an obstruction.

The Evening News reported how one of the first to receive a ticket was vascular surgeon Jesus Barandiaran, who had to park on a section of footpath as there were no bays left when he arrived for work.

Mr McGrory said: “I think the situation is horrendous. It’s not just the mechanics of it, but it’s about the distress it causes to people when they already have enough to worry about.

“We are also annoyed that there was no consultation about it with LINKs members or members of the public about this.”

Issues that were discussed at the meeting included pay on exit, ways to make better use of the facilities which exist and the possibility of a staff park and ride scheme.

Mr McGrory said: “The board seemed quite receptive to these ideas and we are hoping to meet again in the next couple of weeks.”

James Hayward, the hospital’s director of facilities, said: “The site is now much clearer and this has enabled traffic to flow much more freely. It is easier for pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles.

“Delivery lorries and emergency vehicles all seem to be able to traverse the site much more easily.

“The difficult car parking conditions were causing stress for patients and those making visits to the site and the situation was very dangerous. These issues have been averted to a large degree and we will continue to look to make improvements on the site.”

He added that bosses are now looking at the feasibility of a park and ride scheme for some staff and as an alternative for some patients.

In addition arrangements will soon be put in place to allay the fears of those people whose clinics have overrun.

Mr Hayward said: “We recognise that this causes some patients distress. We will ensure arrangements are in place to resolve this issue.”