Alex parking fines to be enforced

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 09:47

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FINES are set to be enforced for drivers parking incorrectly at the Alexandra Hospital from today (Friday).

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Woodrow Drive site, is set to start enforcing existing parking restrictions but say they have not introduced any additional measures.

A spokeswoman said: “There are no changes to car parking at the Alexandra Hospital, however we will be starting to enforce existing restrictions soon.

“Patients and visitors must park in the visitor pay-on-foot car park. Anyone parked in staff essential parking spaces, for example near pharmacy or A&E, will receive a parking fine.”

She added they had not yet issued fines until today but had been placing notices on cars parked incorrectly and said signs had been put up on the site.

But Coun Pattie Hill said the information should have been more widely shared.

“It would have been really both polite and helpful for this information to be displayed at GP surgeries, local One Stop Shops, local newspapers and local councillors’ e-mail addresses. A large majority of the hospital users are elderly and do not have the internet.

“I really hope no-one is caused any more distress, their attendance at the hospital is enough in itself.”

Pedmore Close resident John Adams added: “As a regular visitor to this site I know they have problems with parking, especially around peak times, however trying to issue parking charge notices is not the answer.

“We are talking about a hospital here which people visit who are ill, visit loved ones and visitors from outside the area who are already distressed, to find they have this to contend with is asking for trouble.”

“There are ways around this however parking issues do not go away they just get moved on. It would be nice to introduce free parking after 6pm and all weekend to encourage relatives and friends to help the hospital and visit more often.”

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