Parking restrictions are set to be put in place on a host of streets around Queen’s Medical Centre, to help deal with a host of problems.
The Labour-run city council says bad parking is putting pedestrians’ safety at risk, blocking access to people in wheelchairs, and stopping people with blue badges being able to park near their destination.
Now, a new scheme could see a host of new measures introduced, including pay and display bays and several different time restrictions.
It will affect parts of several streets near the hospital, including Derby Road, the Footpath between Charnock Avenue (east) and Derby Road, Gregory Street, Leen Gate, Radmarsh Road and Triumph Road.
We apologise for the frustration and inconvenience that inconsiderate parking around QMC causes our local residents
The new restrictions were welcomed by bosses at the hospital, who also took the opportunity to apologise to nearby residents for the problems they face.
Andrew Chatten is the director of estates and facilities management, and said: “We’re committed to being a good neighbour, and we apologise for the frustration and inconvenience that inconsiderate parking around QMC causes our local residents.
“We encourage all patients and staff to carefully consider their travel options when travelling to QMC, which includes the Medilink bus service and the tram.
“We welcome the extra measures that are being proposed to help to further address this ongoing issue.”
A spokesman for the city council said: “We’re aware there have been issues with parking around the QMC site for some time – thousands of people access it each day as patients, visitors and staff. The hospital has fantastic public transport links with the trams and buses but we understand that for most people, the car is still the preferred option.
Up until now, we’ve had no powers to tackle any of this
“Inevitably, streets around the site get busy quickly but unfortunately this often leads to dangerous parking with drivers leaving cars too close to junctions, on grass verges and across pavements, blocking access for wheelchair users and those with buggies.
“We also find that vehicles can be left for hours in the same place, resulting in people continually driving around residential areas looking for a space. Up until now, we’ve had no powers to tackle any of this.
“The proposed traffic regulation order would give us the ability to take action against drivers who park inconsiderately, while the intention to charge for parking in some nearby streets to the QMC should help discourage people from leaving their cars all day and, in turn, increase the availability of spaces for everyone.”
Labour Councillor Sally Longford represents the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Ward, which contains many of the affected streets.
I think residents will welcome it. The problem is mainly with people parking there to go to the hospital
She said: “I think residents will welcome it. The problem is mainly with people parking there to go to the hospital, and people do get fed up with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night.”
In different areas, there will be: pay and display bays, with pay by phone between 8am and 8pm Monday to Saturday; two-hour, one hour and half-an-hour limited waiting bays; prohibitions from vehicles waiting at any times; prohibitions on loading and unloading at any time; and prohibitions on waiting between 8am and 8pm.
The council intends to spend £28,704 on introducing the measures.