Car park ‘a dan­ger’

Anger at GPs’ surgery

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREA LAMBROU

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

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