Hospital parking concerns
TALKS have taken place to address growing concerns over the parking arrangements at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Arfon MP Hywel Williams and Pentir Councillor John Wyn Williams have met with Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital Director, Meinir Williams to discuss a way forward to address the issue.
Following a recent site visit by Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM, concerns were raised by residents of Coed y Maes Penrhosgarnedd that a chronic lack of parking spaces at Ysbyty Gwynedd meant that some hospital staff and visitors were using neighbouring residential streets.
Gwynedd Councillor for the area, John Wyn Williams has been in discussion with local residents and hospital management to discuss the problem of parking for the wider area of his Ward, Pentir, for a number of years.
Local residents have long-campaigned for improved parking provision at the hospital, with parking problems at their worst during the week. Amongst the ideas aired at the meeting held this week with Hywel Williams MP, Cllr John Wyn Williams and Pentir Community Council Chair, Dafydd Jones Morris was a park and ride bus service to ferry outpatients to and from the hospital and a multi-storey car park.
Hywel Williams MP said, “We had a constructive meeting with the Health Board to discuss what has become a pressing concern for both local people living in Penrhosgarnedd and those who regularly frequent the hospital.”
“Local people have real concerns about parking, with many residential streets in Penrhosgarnedd filling up with cars whose owners are either working or visiting Ysbyty Gwynedd.”
“I was also particularly concerned to hear of patients unable to park at the hospital because their space had been taken by those leaving their cars and catching the bus into Bangor. This is unacceptable and I was pleased to hear the Health Board is trying to clamp down on this practice.”
Hywel Williams MP (right) with local councillor John Wyn Williams outside Ysbyty Gwynedd