Councillor asks hospital trust to lower parking charges

Grantham Hospital car park EMN-140627-103414001
Grantham Hospital car park EMN-140627-103414001
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A county and district councillor has called upon the trust which runs Grantham hospital to lower its parking charges which he says are unfair to patients, their families and staff.

Coun Ray Wootten has written to the chairman of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), Ron Buchanan, following new Government guidelines which state that ‘priority groups’ should be allowed to park without charge or at greatly reduced cost.

Coun Wootten, of Manthorpe Road, Grantham, who represents St Wulfram’s ward in the town, said: “The Government has agreed hospital car parking charges need reviewing and I am very pleased with this. I now look forward to the hospitals implementing these recommendations.”

ULHT increased its parking charges a few months ago and implemented a charge for Blue badge holders for the first time.

In his letter to Mr Buchanan, Coun Wootten says: “As you know I have opposed the recent increase in car park charges, in particular to start charging Blue Badge holders. Parking at hospital can be a worry for patients, in particular when all too often, outpatient appointments run late. Lincoln Hospital is a prime example where it is often hard to find a parking space due to the fact that you have centralised patient treatment.”

Coun Wootten added: “I call upon you to make public how you are going to respond, or indeed implement, these new guidelines.”