Tem­po­rary car park for hos­pi­tal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A TEM­PO­RARY car park will be built at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal to ease queu­ing chaos, after coun­cil­lors gave the go ahead.

The de­vel­op­ment will add 89 spa­ces to the ex­ist­ing car park’s 390 spots and could be com­pleted by sum­mer 2015.

David Searle, di­rec­tor of strat­egy and business de­vel­op­ment at the Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust, wel­comed the decision. He said: “The ad­di­tional park­ing will help ease con­ges­tion on Pield Health Road dur­ing peak hours and pro­vide more space for the pub­lic.”

The hos­pi­tal’s cur­rent car park is shared be­tween staff and vis­i­tors, who of­ten have to fight for space, caus­ing morn­ing tail­backs.

The tem­po­rary car park will be built above the ex­ist­ing one, with sep­a­rate ar­eas for the two sets of driv­ers. It will re­main for the next five years, while bosses con­sider a more per­ma­nent ar­range­ment.

Plan­ning of­fi­cials granted per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 9, sub­ject to com­ple­tion of a le­gal agree­ment re­quir­ing the hos­pi­tal to pro­duce an up­dated travel plan.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said the decision fol­lowed a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in which 95 per cent of re­spon­dents sup­ported the ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, Com­mu­nity Voice, which mon­i­tors NHS ser­vices in North West London and South West Hert­ford­shire, has pre­vi­ously said the plans do not go far enough.

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