Monday, 7 November 2016

Redlands Parking: Pay & Display, the RBH and Party Political Hypocrisy

For many years now the Council has been lobbied by local residents who live in residential streets around the Royal Berks and struggle to park near their homes

The location of the hospital - and the lack of parking provided by the hospital itself - brings with it huge pressure on limited residential parking spaces.
 
The agreed  scheme involves a variety of restrictions, including residents only parking, pay and display and shared use bays. It has been designed following five years of detailed consultation with local residents and is tailored to best meet local needs on a street-by-street basis, while maintaining a level of short term parking for hospital visitors.
 
Without introducing this level of protection, local residents would have continued to face the daily frustration of not being able to park near their homes. 

We have seen hospitals in others parts of the country successfully relocate from town centre and residential locations to modern new edge of town facilities with good transport links. Going forward, that is something I believe needs to be given serious consideration by the Royal Berks Hospital.

Other details

New parking arrangements for residents and visitors should hit the streets in January 2017.
The scheme was supported by the Conservative councillors in the council committee - but has been attacked by at least one of Reading's Tory MPs since.
The scheme was supported by the LidDems in a leaflet put out in Redlands, but opposed by the LibDem councillor in committee.
The Greens praised the scheme in committee, but abstained from voting for it.

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