NHS and coun­cil still stuck at talk­ing stage

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Findlay

Gra­ham John­ston, NHS La­nark­shire’s head of plan­ning, said:“Noth­ing has been agreed at this stage. How­ever, work is pro­gress­ing in part­ner­ship to look at the fea­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing a park-and-ride fa­cil­ity on the grounds of Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal.

“Any so­lu­tion must en­sure min­i­mal dis­rup­tion for our pa­tients and staff.

“This is no mean task as even a tem­po­rary clo­sure to a sec­tion of the car park, while we con­struct ad­di­tional park­ing, would have a nega­tive im­pact by re­duc­ing the num­ber of avail­able spa­ces.

“Clearly, a so­lu­tion must be found as peo­ple who have a real need to park at the hos­pi­tal are find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to do so as spa­ces are be­ing used by com­muters.”

Gor­don Mackay, head of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, said:“With fund­ing pre­vi­ously se­cured from Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port (SPT) a re­port cov­er­ing a num­ber of de­sign op­tions was pro­duced.

“The pre­ferred decked car-park op­tion has been pre­sented to the NHS and to the Board of Prospect Health­care (Hairmyres) Ltd and both par­ties are agree­able on the prin­ci­ple of in­creased park and ride pro­vi­sion in this area.

“Although the prin­ci­ple of a decked car park so­lu­tion was agreed, col­leagues in the NHS feel that an in­creased pro­vi­sion of spa­ces at sur­face level may be a more prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion.

“We are await­ing de­tailed in­for­ma­tion from the NHS on their views as to how this might be achieved be­fore con­sid­er­ing op­tions fur­ther.”

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