4th Apr, 2020

'Enough is enough!' says Redditch councillor over hospital parking issue

ENOUGH is enough! That’s the message from Borough Councillor Joe Baker fed at the number of hospital staff parking ‘over the road’ on Woodrow South and Salford Close and in Nine Days Lane.

Now the campaigning Councillor is to hold a street meeting this Sunday, February 9 for residents to voice their concerns – and he’s challenged hospital bosses to meet them there at 11am.

“I want them to explain why we are having an increase in hospital staff parking over here in a residential area,” said Coun Baker (Lab, Greenlands).

He added there had been at least one case where a member of the hospital’s staff had been aggressive after a resident complained about them blocking their drive.

“The last thing we want is for this situation to escalate, but something needs to be done and that starts with the hospital bosses,” said Coun Baker.

He added he understood fees for staff parking at the hospital could run to hundreds of pounds per year but health chiefs should be offering concessions to their own people.

“We have asked the County Council to intervene with single yellow lines, to extend the double yellow lines and put posts into the grass to stop cars mounting the verges however this seems to falling on deaf ears,” said Coun Baker.

“We have also been forwarding pictures of illegally parked cars to Traffic Enforcement but as they only work two days a week in Redditch.

“I have produced a petition which we circulated to residents and this was handed to hospital bosses and we were assured things would be dealt with.

“Since then the problems have got worse, and last week the police had to be called to remove a car that was causing an obstruction.

“This cannot go on and I therefore challenge hospital bosses, County Highways and traffic enforcement to meet with us and come up with a solution.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting at 11am this Sunday, February 9.

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