April 23 2014 Latest news:
by Lizzie Dearden
Friday, April 19, 2013
The cost of staff parking at King George Hospital could be put up by 50 per cent – prompting fears that cars will flood into residential roads.
Permits for full-time staff, which are priced according to salary, could rise to between £504 and £810 a year.
A spokesman for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) said there was “enormous pressure” on parking spaces at its hospitals, adding: “Staff spaces are beyond capacity and it is important patients and visitors are given priority.”
A salary sacrifice scheme is being considered and people will be encouraged to use public transport.
But the nearest train station, Goodmayes, is over a mile away, while Newbury Park Tube station is nearly two miles from King George.
Cllr Andy Walker estimated the hospital, in Barley Lane, was a 20 minute walk from Goodmayes station, although there are buses.
He said: “They will have to monitor the situation but I think we may see more blocked roads.
“People are going to be in a rush and park where they shouldn’t.
“I’m concerned that residents won’t be happy.”
Double yellow lines and waiting restrictions are planned for Barley Lane, including the area directly around the hospital.
At a meeting of Redbridge Council’s area committee five last month, resident Martin Hughes said hospital staff already park in the road. He was worried that restricting parking in Barley Lane would “push the problem sideways” into nearby roads.
Cllr Bob Littlewood said area councillors had not been told of the proposals.
“I would be disappointed if BHRUT did not consult the council about highway implications,” he added.
There have also been complaints from residents about hospital visitors parking outside their homes.
A consultation on the changes is running until the start of next month.