Hos­pi­tal car park plan is put back

NEIGH­BOUR­ING ROADS BEAR BRUNT OF PROB­LEM:

Burton Mail - - Front Page - By ED­DIE BISKNELL Lo­cal democ­racy reporter ed­die.bisknell@reach­plc.com @Ed­diebisk

THE multi-storey car park planned for Queen’s Hos­pi­tal in Bur­ton has been post­poned for an­other year.

Its post­pone­ment un­til the fi­nan­cial year 2021/2022 could see the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals of Derby and Bur­ton NHS Foun­da­tion Trust forced to reap­ply for plan­ning per­mis­sion.

It had scrapped the start date for the car park in Septem­ber last year, sev­eral months af­ter claim­ing it had been “de­ferred” but not “de­layed”.

Mean­while, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has re­vealed new plans to build a new or­thopaedic treat­ment cen­tre (spe­cial­is­ing in the care of bones and mus­cles) at the Lon­don Road Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal in Derby. This would be to help quash the trust’s grow­ing back­log in cases caused by the pan­demic.

The trust is spend­ing £40,000 to de­velop a full busi­ness case for the new cen­tre but re­alises it will not re­solve the back­log in cases in the short-term.

UHDB an­nounced its plans for a multi-storey car park on the Queen’s site in Oc­to­ber 2017 hop­ing it would put an end to the woes be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by res­i­dents around the hos­pi­tal site.

Neigh­bours say their roads are fre­quently filled with peo­ple at­tend­ing the hos­pi­tal and seek­ing to ei­ther avoid pay­ing for car parking or to find a va­cant spot.

In March 2019, East Stafford­shire Bor­ough Coun­cil ap­proved the plans for what would be a 425-space three­storey car park, which was last priced at £2.3 mil­lion.

Plan­ning per­mis­sions lapse af­ter three years of in­ac­tion, which would be March 2022. Con­struc­tion was due to start on the car park at the end of Au­gust in 2019 and be com­plete by March 2020.

How­ever, in Septem­ber last year, fol­low­ing a failed bid by the trust to gain an ex­tra £59 mil­lion from the NHS and an ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into other fund­ing op­tions, there was no longer said to be an es­ti­mated start date for the new car park.

In trust board pa­pers this week, the or­gan­i­sa­tion says the car park has now slipped fur­ther into the fi­nan­cial year 2021-2022.

Last year the trust had also re­vealed that Der­byshire County Coun­cil had keen in­ten­tions to buy the Stafford­shire project as an in­vest­ment once it is com­plete.

How­ever, the coun­cil de­nied this, say­ing it had no in­ten­tions of buy­ing the car park but was mov­ing for­ward with ways to help the hos­pi­tal con­struct the car park – but would not say how much money this would cost.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed car park at Bur­ton’s Queen’s Hos­pi­tal

UNIVER­SITY OF DERBY AND BUR­TON HOS­PI­TALS TRUST

Artist’s im­pres­sions of the pro­posed multi-storey car park for Queen’s Hos­pi­tal in Bur­ton

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