Monday, 20 September 2021

Crackdown on misuse of hospital car park

A PARKING management system is to be introduced at Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley to prevent people abusing spaces.

It comes in response to concerns raised by patients and staff that people with appointments at the hospital are sometimes unable to find a space because they are used by others coming into town to do their shopping.

Details of the scheme are still being finalised by NHS Property Services, which is responsible for the site, but it will not involve charging.

It was discussed at a private meeting of the Townlands Stakeholder Reference Group.

Town and district councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, a member of the group, said it would involve the use of number plate recognition cameras.

He said: “What we said as a group is that it has got to be simple and convenient for the users because if you have got a system that’s too complicated with frail people going for an appointment it would defeat the object.

“There will be conversations with the Bell and Hart Surgeries and NHS Property Services to get a complete solution.”

A spokesman for NHS Property Services said: “We are aware of concerns raised by patients, NHS staff and the local community about parking issues at Townlands Memorial Hospital.

“We will be introducing car parking management in the near future with the main aim of ensuring that patients can find a space at the hospital and park free.

“In the meantime, we are working with our NHS partners to agree and finalise our plans so they meet local needs.

“When arrangements are finalised we will be providing full details to NHS partners, patients, stakeholders, neighbours of the hospital and local media.”

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