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Hospital parking charge causes problems for residents

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 August 2013

Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents.

Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents.

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RESIDENTS claim Weston General Hospital has ‘declared war’ on Uphill by driving visitors to park in the surrounding roads outside their homes.

Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents. Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents.

People living in the village have launched a petition to try to tackle the problem, which they say started when the hospital began charging for parking but has steadily got worse.

They say people visiting the hospital have parked in front of their driveways and garages and large vehicles such as recycling vans have been forced to mount the pavement to get through.

Parking at the hospital is free for the first 30 minutes, but rises to £2 for stays up to one hour and £4 for more than two hours. This has seen many drivers head to nearby residential streets to avoid paying.

Sophia Foster, who lives in the Grange Close, started the petition and said an emergency vehicle would have trouble getting through the cul-de-sac.

Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents. Parking near the hospital has become a problem for Uphill residents.

She said: “All of my neighbours are unhappy about it and we have spoken to the council and the hospital but no-one is doing anything about it.

“The people who park don’t care about the people who live here.”

Residents say they have spoken to North Somerset Council about implementing parking permits so only they could park there.

Scott McGuire, also a Grange Close resident, said: “Grange Close residents are looking for a five-legged horse.

“There must be some authority who can manage our problem but we have tried the other four legs, the police, the hospital, the council and our political representatives, none of whom will accept direct responsibility but pass on the problem.

“When the hospital was built in 1986 there must have been protection for the village written into the planning acceptance.

“Now, by continually expanding and charging for car parking for visitors and staff they have been allowed, through neglect, to declare war on the village.”

A council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues with parking in Uphill and are talking to the hospital, police, members and Uphill Village Society to try to find ways to help alleviate this difficult problem.”

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