Parking still a problem at hospital

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n SCARBOROUGH Hospital’s facilities director James Hayward said parking is a priority. He said: “We are continuing to look at options for solving this problem in the medium term, which includes examining in more detail the possibility of a park and ride scheme.”

BOSSES at Scarborough Hospital are looking into the possibility of having a multi-storey car park built on site.

Facilities director James Hayward has confirmed that a feasibility study will be carried out in the Spring.

The move comes amid calls for more parking spaces from frustrated members of the public, who are often arriving for appointments to find the car park full.

Patient David Hutchinson, who used to work at the hospital, contacted the Evening News after receiving a parking ticket.

He said: “I am now a regular visitor to the hospital as both a patient and also in a work role so I see regularly the plight of visitors and patients to the hospital, on all occasions I see people parking on verges, double yellow lines and pavements.

“There are nice gardens in and amongst the parking which, let’s face it, are now a total waste of time and money.”

He added: “I feel that the hospital has failed significantly in the service it provides to the public and now as a result of its failings is gaining money from those who have to use this inefficient service.”

James Hayward, Director of Facilities, said: “Since the introduction of car parking enforcement we have seen a significant reduction in the number of complaints and incidents caused by nuisance parking.

“We do however recognise that there are at peak times significant pressures on the number of spaces which can cause frustration to patients, visitors and staff alike.” Work on a possible park and ride scheme is ongoing.