Extra hospital car parking to solve problem?

Car Parking at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield........car park and public
Car Parking at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield........car park and public

NHS bosses want to create a new staff car park at Pinderfields Hospital after recognising the current provisions are “clearly inadequate”.

Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has submitted plans to build a new 408-space car park on the site off Aberford Road.

It currently has 130 spaces, which are at full capacity and cannot cope with the extra 1,200 clinical staff that have been employed by the trust since the new hospital was completed.

The new car park will be for staff only, but it is hoped it will alleviate the pressures put on roads around Pinderfields where people park for free and illegally in pemrit holder-only zones for residents.

All the spaces will be filled under the hospital’s current parking permit scheme, which sees money deducted from staff’s wages.

In a design and access statement submitted to Wakefield Council, the trust said it had a waiting list of 530 staff wanting parking permits.

It recognised there was a problem with “overspill parking” on public roads which were “subject to excessive staff and visitor parking”.

Medical records clerk Kerrie Walshaw, 36, of Lupset, is on the waiting list.

She said: “It is dire at the moment, you have to park where you can. Until it’s open we don’t know how much of an impact it will have.”

General manager for facilities, Iain Brodie, said the extra spaces would ensure “minimal disruption” to residents.

He said: “We currently have a higher demand for staff car parking spaces than available capacity.

“As a result we are currently operating a waiting list for staff car parking permits and we know that the current situation can have an impact on local residents as well as our colleagues.

“To address this problem we have worked hard recently to reduce our staff’s reliance on travelling to work via car by introducing a regular bus service to the Pinderfields site and increasing cycling facilities. However, we still have a significant waiting list which needs to be addressed.”