New measures to tackle problem parking near Royal Preston Hospital have been agreed by Lancashire County Council following complaints from local residents.Advertisement
Most of the proposed restrictions focus on junctions and aim to prevent daytime parking on weekdays.
There will also be restrictions on two narrow roads where obstruction is a problem – Fairways and The Paddock – to prevent waiting at any time.
Councillors received a report outlining the results of public consultation into plans to introduce new restrictions on ten roads.
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A spokesperson for LCC said: “The report outlines that indiscriminate and obstructive parking by staff, patients and visitors is making it difficult for vehicles to move along roads, and negotiate junctions.
“There are also problems with safety at junctions due to sightlines being obscured, issues for residents getting into and out of their driveways, and particular difficulties for larger delivery and refuse vehicles.”
Public consultation on the measures was held from 9 August to 6 September, with 36 responses being received.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Where problems are reported with obstruction and safety, as the highways authority we have a duty to investigate.
“The extra parking restrictions agreed today are designed to improve safety and access to these roads during the day, while still ensuring that residents can park in the evening and overnight.”
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Meanwhile, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says future plans for car parking at RPH are tied in with a wider piece of work to improve patient experience, which is called Our Health Our Care.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: “The aim of Our Health Our Care is to improve and modernise services and tackle challenges around increasing patient demand, a growing population, lack of services in the community and workforce shortages.
“Part of this work is looking at where care should be provided, how patients need to access care and how they travel to appointments. We are committed to delivering the very best care possible, and our patients, staff and the wider public are involved in this programme at every stage.”
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