No hos­pi­tal car park ex­ten­sion

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HILLING­DON Hos­pi­tal has scrapped plans for a ‘much­needed’ car park ex­ten­sion, due to cost.

The Hos­pi­tal’s NHS Foun­da­tion Trust se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion for a sin­gle deck car park on its grounds for five years that would have added 89 spa­ces on to the ex­ist­ing 390.

But the Trust has an­nounced that it is not an eco­nom­i­cally vi­able to pro­ceed with the project in its present form.

A spokesman said: “Fol­low­ing the de­tailed de­sign to meet the plan­ning re­quire­ments and a com­pet­i­tive ten­der process, the costs to build the car park deck are now sig­nif­i­cantly greater than en­vis­aged.

“The Trust recog­nises that park­ing ca­pac­ity does not ad­e­quately meet the lev­els of de­mand and will con­tinue to con­sider op­tions to im­prove park­ing ca­pac­ity at the Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal site, as a mat­ter of ur­gency.”

It has not dis­closed the costs or what al­ter­na­tive op­tions may be.

The cur­rent short­age means cars of­ten queue on Pield Heath Road for en­try at peak times.

n CON­GESTED: The car park at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal

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