Parking restrictions for a road opposite Grantham Hospital could be imposed.
Neighbours in Langford Gardens have complained about their street being used as a free car park by visitors to the hospital, particularly since parking fees were increased last year by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).
It has been proposed that parking be restricted Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm on the Manthorpe side and 1pm to 6pm on the town side, from the Manthorpe Road junction to the left and right turn at the bottom.
District councillor Ray Wootten, who represents the local St Wulfram’s ward, said: “On behalf of residents this issue was raised at ULHT board meetings. I was promised that staff were going to be made aware of residents’ concerns and advised not to park there; this failed and vehicles continued to park. The number of vehicles parking in Langford Gardens rose when the ULHT increased its parking charge.
“Having made enquiries with LCC highways the residents’ association submitted a petition calling for parking restrictions to be installed.
“I fully support the residents’ association’s call for parking restrictions; this situation would not have occurred if ULHT had not introduced car charging in the first place.”
Darren Mitchell, chairman of Langford Gardens Residents’ Association, previously told the Journal: “The majority of problems arise on the main entrance to the estate and around each of the corners which lead into the rest of the estate. Essentially the problems stem from inconsiderate parking by hospital employees and visitors alike.”
Mark Heaton, Lincolnshire County Council’s area highways manager, said: “We are in the very early stages of exploring the possibility of parking restrictions in Langford Gardens. We have been speaking with residents who are concerned about the number of people who park here to visit the hospital. We are now seeking the views of the police, ambulance service and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on the proposal. If they don’t perceive any issues, we could start a public consultation at the end of July, which would be for one month.”