It’s vi­tal we make park­ing is­sue a top pri­or­ity

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Colin Paterson

Hello and wel­come to this week’s edi­tion of the East Kilbride News.

Our news fea­ture on pages 4 and 5 to­day fo­cuses on the lack of park­ing at Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal and the rail­way sta­tion.

You may have seen in last week’s pa­per how NHS La­nark­shire staff formed a hu­man bar­rier in a bid to change the be­hav­iour of com­muters who leave their ve­hi­cles in the hos­pi­tal car park all day.

As a re­sult, staff strug­gle to get parked while pa­tients and rel­a­tives are put un­der ad­di­tional stress as they try to find a space.

This isn’t a new is­sue. Park­ing at the hos­pi­tal and rail sta­tion has been a dis­cus­sion topic for some time. But what’s that fa­mous phrase? Ac­tions speak louder than words. Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is presently in elec­tion mode but once votes have been cast it is vi­tal ev­ery­one en­sures this matter a key pri­or­ity.

The mes­sage from gov­ern­ment has been for peo­ple to leave their cars and use pub­lic trans­port.

But that means more spa­ces at parkand-ride fa­cil­i­ties and good links both within East Kilbride and to places like Glas­gow and Hamil­ton.

Yet there should also be an em­pha­sis on per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and maybe those who do utilise the hos­pi­tal car park – although not for hos­pi­tal ser­vices – need to have a re­think. Else­where in the pa­per and Easter may be over and done with but we have two fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tions you can en­ter.

On page 16, you could win a £50 gift card for East Kilbride Shop­ping Cen­tre.

And on page 18 there is a chance to win a £50 gift card for the town’s Di Mag­gio’s restau­rant.

Good luck – and re­mem­ber, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

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