Examination of hospital parking

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OPTIONS are being explored for more parking spaces at the Northern General Hospital in the wake of plans for a multi-storey car park being put on hold, councillors are being told.

Trust managers said last year they were holding back on a long-running scheme for a £10.5m, 950-space multi-storey car park because of economic pressures and the priority of “direct patient care”.

The council had been involved in the design but this has stopped as a result of the mothballing, say council highways officers.

But the multi-storey application has not been withdrawn, they add in an update to councillors on Tuesday.

“The trust is pursuing different options of surface car parks dotted around the campus.”

The proposed multi-storey car park, off Herries Road, was seen as one of the main ways of shifting cars of visitors and hospital staff from the doorsteps of nearby residents, who have complained that their drives are sometimes blocked.

Residents have complained that their roads are being used for parking because hospital car parks are full or drivers want to avoid the fees.

The council asked householders if they wanted a permit parking scheme but most were unhappy about having to pay to park outside their homes.