Hospi­tal staff park­ing sparks anger

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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 – an is­sue that has been on­go­ing for more than two years.

Now it has reached boil­ing point, with res­i­dents say­ing ve­hi­cles are be­ing left block­ing the road and 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 caused.

A meet­ing of res­i­dents, coun­cil­lors, po­lice and Step­ping Hill was held at the hospi­tal last Wed­nes­day, with 220 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

Coun 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 ris­ing 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.

Res­i­dent Tracey Ni­cholls 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. 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.”

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