Hos­pi­tal plan for two-tier park­ing

Tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to add 89 spa­ces

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries

ATEM­PO­RARY car park could be built at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal to help put an end to queue­ing chaos for staff and vis­i­tors.

The aim is to add to the ex­ist­ing car park’s 390 spa­ces by cre­at­ing 89 more. It would re­main in place for five years, while man­agers con­sider op­tions for a more per­ma­nent ar­range­ment.

Plan­ning of­fi­cers at Hilling­don Coun­cil have rec­om­mended ap­proval of the plans and a com­mit­tee is sched­uled to make a decision in Novem­ber. The ad­di­tional spa­ces could be avail­able by next sum­mer.

Hos­pi­tal bosses say the project, the cost of which has yet to be de­ter­mined, would pro­vide ‘much-needed’ ad­di­tional park­ing, help­ing to al­le­vi­ate some of the prob­lems caused by ve­hi­cles hav­ing to queue in Pield Heath Road.

Steve Watkins, spokesman for Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which runs the hos­pi­tal, said: “Ad­e­quate park­ing fa­cil­i­ties are a chal­lenge for most hos­pi­tals and Hilling­don is no ex­cep­tion.

“The hos­pi­tal is well served by pub­lic trans­port but a lot of pa­tients still ar­rive by car and have to queue for en­try dur­ing peak hours. This does con­trib­ute to con­ges­tion on Pield Health Road and the trust ex­pects the ad­di­tional spa­ces will help ease con­ges­tion.”

The car park is used by both staff and vis­i­tors, who of­ten have to wait for a space.

The pro­posed 2,096m2 tem­po­rary car park would be built above the ex­ist­ing one, with des­ig­nated ar­eas for staff and vis­i­tors.

The ex­pected ca­pac­ity would be 191 spa­ces for staff and 288 for vis­i­tors, although th­ese num­bers have yet to be fi­nalised.

How­ever, The Com­mu­nity Voice, an in­de­pen­dent group that mon­i­tors NHS ser­vices in north-west London and south-west Hert­ford­shire, has said those num­bers would not be enough to end queu­ing in the long term.

Sec­re­tary Mar­garet Ross said: “It’s bet­ter than noth­ing.

“I per­son­ally have been there at nine-ish and I’ve had to queue in the road to get in, although I’ve never had to wait more than half an hour, and that’s very un­usual.

“Whether 89 spa­ces would cover the queue that’s there, I don’t know.”

If the de­vel­op­ment re­ceives plan­ning per­mis­sion, mo­torists would con­tinue to ac­cess the site from Pield Heath Road. How­ever, the au­to­matic bar­ri­ers would be up­graded, with users pay­ing on exit. TRIB­UTES have been paid to a ‘re­mark­able’ woman, who grew up in Ger­many dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and be­came a de­voted teacher.

Carola Lo­mas­ney, who had taught at Dray­ton Manor High School, in Han­well, and was head of chem­istry and physics at the for­mer Town­field Sec­ondary School, in Hayes, died at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 22, aged 94.

Her daugh­ter, Ilse Leen­ders, 64, who lives in Mil­ton Keynes, said: “She had such strength and dig­nity – a very proud lady.

“Re­gard­less of whether she dis­agreed or agreed with you, she never judged any­body. She was just al­ways there for every­body.”

Mrs Lo­mas­ney was born in 1920 in Coes­feld, near Dort­mund.

While do­ing her na­tional ser­vice, she be­came pas­sion­ate about chem­istry. She grad­u­ated from Hum­boldt Univer­sity of Berlin with a de­gree in chem­istry and physics in 1944.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, her flat in Berlin was bombed, and she left the city on the last train be­fore the Rus­sian army sur­rounded the sta­tion.

While work­ing as an in­ter­preter in 1945, she met John Joseph Lo­mas­ney, an of­fi­cer in the 8th Royal Army Ser­vice Corps (RASC), who was sta­tioned near Dort­mund.

They got mar­ried and had six chil­dren – Pa­trick, Katharine, Ilse, Thomas, Richard and Peter – who have given them 13 grand­chil­dren and 13 great-grand­chil­dren.

The fam­ily moved to Wood Green in London in 1956, then to Han­well, and to Green­ford Av­enue, Hayes, in 1959.

Mrs Lo­mas­ney earned a sec­ond de­gree, a diploma in so­ci­ol­ogy and chem­istry, which was pre­sented by the Queen Mother in 1973.

In the same year, she be­came a Fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety, and joined the staff at Town­field Sec­ondary School – now the Hayes cam­pus of Uxbridge Col­lege – where she re­mained un­til she re­tired.

Mrs Lo­mas­ney played the or­gan at St Raphael RC Church for more than 20 years, un­til the age of 80.

She also started a Fri­day club for OAPs, which is still run­ning at the church in Mor­ri­son Road, Yead­ing.

A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held there on Tues­day, Novem­ber 4 – all are wel­come to at­tend.

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