Anger over surgery’s one hour park­ing limit

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PA­TIENTS have com­plained about a new scheme to catch driv­ers who park il­le­gally at the town’s GP surgery.

Waters Green Med­i­cal Cen­tre has signed up Park­ingEye to is­sue £70 fines to driv­ers who park at the surgery with­out an ap­point­ment. It’s de­signed to catch of­fend­ers who take up park­ing spa­ces meant for pa­tients.

But res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cerns over the scheme.

Many state that the one-hour limit given to pa­tients to park their cars for ap­point­ments is not long enough.

Ben Ritchie said on the Ex­press Face­book page: “They are only al­low­ing you an hour for park­ing. It is ridicu­lous!

“How many times have you been to the doc­tor and they have been run­ning at least 30 mins late?”

A spokesman for the surgery said: “The amount of time we are of­fer­ing is fair to any mo­torist us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties at Waters Green Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

“If a pa­tient is wor­ried they have been on site for an hour or longer we en­cour­age them to con­tact re­cep­tion staff so they can en­sure no park­ing charge is gen­er­ated. We en­cour­age peo­ple to ap­peal a park­ing charge if they think they should not have re­ceived it.”

The car park at Waters Green Med­i­cal Cen­tre

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