Car park ‘a danger’
Anger at GPs’ surgery
A disgruntled patient is being driven to distraction by giant potholes outside a doctors’ surgery.
William Powell, 72, branded the crumbling roadway in Alison Lea Medical Centre car park an “annoyance” as well as a danger to pedestrians and vehicles.
The Stewartfield grandad told the News: “The car park is a disgrace.”
But there could be light at the end of the tunnel as NHS Lanarkshire, who jointly own the car park, confirmed to the News that talks aimed at ensuring the potholes will be repaired are being arranged following a meeting on Friday.
Mr Powell said: “This problem goes as far back as 10 years, when my late mother tripped and fell twice in the car park and had to go to A&E. It’s just deteriorated over time.
“It’s been an annoyance for me and I drive a relatively-new 4x4 so I’m sure it must be an issue of concern and a point of frustration for a lot of people, especially those driving smaller saloon cars or older models. They could break their suspension.
“It’s difficult enough to get parked there and now drivers are avoiding the potholes by parking on the designated ‘keep clear’ area on the road so you are left driving round the nearby housing areas for a space to make your appointment in time.
“Imagine if an ambulance had to get through.
“What a performance that would be with these great big holes in the ground. It’s ridiculous.”
Under the impression that the Calderwood car park was councilowned, Mr Powell lodged a complaint with the local authority and was advised that an inspector would be sent out within five days to investigate the matter.
South Lanarkshire Council this week quashed claims that they were responsible for repairs to the area.
A council spokeswoman said: “This car park is jointly owned by the NHS trust and the Islamic Centre, who bought the former library site from the council. Each has a joint responsibility for maintenance.”
Mr Powell added: “One of the nurses in the surgery told me they had tried to sort it out.
“It’s a bit of a joke that no one seems to be claiming responsibility for it as the problem is only going to get worse with the winter weather coming in.
“I understand the former library has been converted to a Muslim community centre so the car park will become even busier. It’s going to be chaotic.”
An NHS Lanarkshire spokesperson said the health board has received one complaint about the pothole problem in the last 12 months.
A spokeswoman said: “The responsibility for the car park is split between NHS Lanarkshire, GP practices and the Islamic Centre.
“Meetings are currently being arranged between all three parties to discuss repairs to the car park.”
Islamic Centre community representative Ansar Mahmood said: “We are aware of the problem and are in discussions with NHS Lanarkshire and the surgery to get the problem solved as soon as possible.”
Crater William examines one of the holes