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HORRENDOUS: Darlington Hospital parking under fire

HORRENDOUS: Darlington Hospital parking under fire

Darlington Memorial Hospital, Image: Google Street View

A veteran councillor has branded the state of parking at a busy hospital “horrendous”.

Residential parking zones are to come under the microscope in Stockton as councillors examine whether permits work or not.

But finding a space in neighbouring Darlington was raised as a problem at a council meeting on Monday.

Cllr Bill Woodhead, member for Fairfield, said parking at the car park at the Memorial Hospital was “horrendous”.

“I can sympathise with the people who are residents because people do park outside their houses causing inconvenience,” he added.

The independent member later told the panel some people didn’t warrant parking permits in parts of Stockton which “wasted a lot of officer time”.

There are 16 parking permit zones in Darlington.

Streets to the west of the hospital feature permit restrictions including Witbank Road, Limehurst Road, and parts of Bloomfield Road.

Reid Street, Craig Street, and Hollyhurst Road also feature permit zones.

But some streets further afield have no restrictions.

Parking at the hospital is “pay and display” – with £3 charged for stops up to two hours, £4 for up to three hours, and £6 for up to 24 hours.

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust, said: “We’re aware that, like many hospitals, the parking provision at Darlington Memorial Hospital is limited and apologise to anyone experiencing difficulties.

“Being close to the town centre, the hospital is on several bus routes and we’re currently also looking at options for how best to use the limited space available, both for the benefit of patients and as part of our sustainability plan.

“This includes offering phone or video appointments in many of our outpatient clinics  – where appropriate for the patient – which is both more convenient for them and also reduces the demand for parking spaces.”

The Stockton Council review continues next month.

 

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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