Parking problems persist despite yellow lines
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 September 2012
PARKING is still a problem for residents of one village thanks to hospital staff parking on residential streets - despite double yellow lines being painted earlier this year.
A public meeting in Uphill, held last month, saw more than 100 people discuss the issue of Weston General Hospital staff parking on roads in the village, forcing residents to park far away from their homes.
Earlier this year, North Somerset Council painted double yellow lines in Uphill Road South after the Mercury reported how buses were having trouble travelling down the road.
But the lines have now dispersed staff to other areas to avoid staff car parking charges, say residents.
Uphill Village Society member Roger Bailey said: “There are places where people can’t sell their houses because parking is such an issue. They charge 10p an hour at the hospital but staff are trying to maximise their take home pay and they are parking all over the village.”
He said the meeting concluded that double yellow lines are ‘generally’ being respected but that residents were still looking to the council, police or hospital for a solution to the problem of staff parking in the village.
A representative from North Somerset Council attended the meeting and handed committee members a map of the village’s streets, asking them to highlight where the parking problems are taking place.
The council will then look at what action to take when it receives the map back.
A spokesman for Weston Area Health Trust said its car parking charges for staff were introduced in 2011 to reflect green travel concerns by the NHS and were brought in alongside investment into eco-friendly travel.
The spokesman added: “We have been aware of, and tried to respond to, Uphill residents’ concerns.
“We have reminded all staff of our wish to be good neighbours and their responsibility to park considerately, if they choose not to park on the trust site.
“We have brought the issue of inconsiderate or illegal parking to the attention of both North Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary, who took steps to introduce double yellow lines designed to address the problem.
“We understand that some residents are still experiencing problems from inconsiderate parking and we have undertaken to meet with representatives from the village society to discuss their concerns.”