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Huge response to consultation on Stamford Hospital parking charges

By Dave Gooderham

Stamford Hospital car park on Ryhall Road. Photo: SM210611-021ow.jpg ENGEMN00120110621133815
Stamford Hospital car park on Ryhall Road. Photo: SM210611-021ow.jpg ENGEMN00120110621133815

The introduction of parking charges at Stamford Hospital will be discussed at a board meeting after a huge response to a public consultation.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust asked people in October what they thought of its plans to bring in pay parking at the hospital in Ryhall Road,.

Almost 400 forms or e-mails had been submitted by the time the consultation closed on November 19.

The trust now needs extra time to consider all the responses. As a result, the issue will be discussed at the meeting of the board of directors on Tuesday, December 22, from 1.30pm at Peterborough City Hospital. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The trust says parking charges will be implemented in response to complaints raised by patients, staff and tenants who struggle to find a parking space, and to bring Stamford Hospital in line with Peterborough City Hospital. It says the misuse of the hospital car park has increased in recent years, especially on market day.

In October, chief executive Stephen Graves said: “We are not consulting on the introduction of the parking charges. We would, however, like to hear people’s views on how we implement them, such as the impact the charges may have and what facilities might assist car park users, before we take our final decision on the details of the plan at our trust board meeting.”

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