Residents’ anger over hospital staff parking
FURIOUS residents showed their anger at Stepping Hill staff’s ‘inconsiderate’ parking at an explosive public meeting.
Workers at the hospital leave their cars on nearby roads in a bid to avoid onsite charges, which is an issue that has been ongoing for more than two years.
And it has reached boiling point with residents saying that vehicles are being left blocking the road and their drives and abuse is shouted if they ask for them to be moved.
One family even received offensive mail, which they believe is connected to the arguments that are being caused.
A meeting between residents, councillors, police and Stepping Hill took place at the hospital last Wednesday and 220 people attended.
Councillor Laura Booth, who organised the meeting after receiving hundreds of complaints, said: “It was an issue in 2015 and since parking charges at the hospital went up it has got worse and worse.
“I have looked at the situation with residents and there is inconsiderate parking where they can’t get in their drives. But they get abuse if they ask for the cars to be moved.
“It is every single day. It was a very difficult meeting, the anger was like a volcano erupting.”
Parking charges went up last summer including the charge for more than four hours increasing from £6 to £8.
Roads that have suffered as a result include Dial Park Road, Magda Road, Bonis Crescent, Dialstone Lane, Boothby Street and Norwood Road.
Tracey Nicholls, one of the residents affected, said: “The amount of people at the meeting shows the strength of feeling.
“The cars mean you can’t walk on the pavement, drives are blocked and emergency vehicles or vans can’t get down the road. It is shocking.
“But the worse thing is the language and aggression if you say anything.”
At the meeting Stepping Hill bosses agreed to review the parking charges and a working group will be set up to deal with the issue.
It will involve the hospital, councillors, residents and council officers.
A Stepping Hill spokesman said: “We welcome all opportunities to develop the best possible relationship and understanding with our neighbours.
“We make very clear to staff that if they park in nearly streets it is essential that they park both legally and courteously, not blocking any driveways or pavements.
“If we have evidence that this has not happened then we take action with any identified staff.
“We encourage staff and visitors to travel to the hospital via public transport, cycling or walking, car share and other means in order to keep parking on and around the site to an absolute minimum.”
●●Parking on streets around Stepping Hill Hospital and, inset, Ann Barnes, CE of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, at the meeting