Prevent the introduction of new parking restrictions around the RBH

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Prevent the introduction of new parking restrictions around the RBH

This petition had 8,420 supporters

Clare Goulbourn started this petition to Reading Borough Council

I am writing to oppose the changes proposed to take place along Addington Road, Erleigh Road and the other roads around the hospital.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital serves a population of 600,000 people from Berkshire across acute medical, maternity and surgical areas. And with nearly 5,000 staff members working at the hospital, what is the Council proposing to do to help manage the parking situation? I strongly believe that until we address the parking at the hospital, whatever restrictions are brought in, the problem will not be solved. We all need to work together to achieve a resolution that benefits residents, staff, patients and visitors.

Staff members already have to pay for a parking permit for the hospital and even then we are not guaranteed a space, often with non-permit holders parking in the South Wing car park. Given the fact that pay for NHS staff has only risen by 1% and yet they are talking about increasing the permit fees again, it is hardly surprising that some people simply cannot afford to pay for the permit and have to park on the road. What will happen to the hundreds of student nurses and student midwives who are not eligible to receive a hospital parking permit as they do not get paid by the Royal Berkshire Hospital? Or the staff groups, like ward clerks, who are not eligible for a permit?

For visitors, with parking charges at the RBH already massively over-priced, the loss of on-road parking will only increase the anxiety and tension around parking when visiting patients. I, myself, made use of the 2 hour slots when visiting my terminally ill father in November and December. I visited him every day. I would not have been able to afford to pay every day to go and see him if the 2 hour slots did not exist.

I believe the new restrictions would make it very difficult for others to spend time with their loved ones, add stress and anxiety to people attending appointments and make it even harder for staff at the hospital and residents to park. There simply isn't enough space as it is. By introducing these restrictions at this time, it will just push the problem further out onto the streets not protected by the restrictions. Furthermore, charging extortionate fees for parking at the hospital is morally wrong.

If you too feel strongly about this, please sign the petition or email highway.objections@reading.co.uk quoting CA/4748 and CA/4562.

Further information regarding the restrictions can be found here: http://www.reading.gov.uk/media/5415/Erleigh-and-Denmark-Road-parking-schedule/doc/University_and_Hospital_-_Notice.doc 

There is also an additional document regarding changes that can be found by googling CA/4562 Reading Council.

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