Stamford Hospital two-storey car park plans bring concerns for residents
The sale of land at Stamford Hospital has ignited concerns from people living in the town.
Main issues raised at a public meeting on Tuesday were the impact of introducing parking charges and the visual effect of building a two-storey car park on the Ryhall Road side of the hospital.
Some residents said they thought introducing parking charges would cause hospital staff and patients to find alternative spaces - either in the adjacent Sheepmarket doctors’ surgery car park, or on nearby roadsides.
Speaking in the public forum, one man said: “I can just see putting in paid-for parking will have a bad effect, with green verges covered in cars.
“Staff will not want to pay and will park elsewhere and that’s probably the same for people coming to use the hospital.”
Rob Hughes, chairman of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said the challenges for Sheepmarket surgery - which might see its free spaces filled by hospital users - were ‘totally separate’ and would be up to them to solve.
Meanwhile, concerns were raised about the height of the proposed two-storey car park, which would not increase spaces, but offset a loss of spaces from land sold.
One Ryhall Road resident said the Trust’s leylandii hedge already reduced sunlight to his garden, and was told a planned fence would be higher than the hedge. He felt this could reduce his property value.
Selling the west end of the hospital site - nearest to ‘the hospital roundabout’ - will reduce the Trust’s maintenance costs and free £9m be reinvested into patient care at Stamford Hospital, such as a new MRI scanner or the construction of new procedure rooms.
At the end of the meeting a member of the public spoke to say the Trust’s aims were ‘a positive move’ - this received applause.