The hospital has our and community support. But David King and colleagues’ have made clear they need to be better neighbours, to take account of Mile End needs as they modernise the hospital, manage traffic flows and reduce the pressure on local roads. Improvements are coming.
A new travel centre will help everyone. But we know fewer staff parking permits are a problem and can affect residents, as staff unable to park will look for spaces on local roads. We welcome steps taken to reduce that pressure, such as free use of the park and ride for three months and subsidies for car sharing and public transport use.
We will continue to monitor and press for further improvements through our liaison meetings. SHARE YOUR CONCERNS with us and we will continue to make sure your voice is heard.
Many of you have complained to us about visitors and staff parking on nearby roads. One particularly bad delay was due to a burst water main in Turner Road.
Cllr Anne Turrell helped get that resolved swiftly. Anne, David King and Martin Goss have also met recently with a senior manager from the Hospital Trust. The good news is that the Trust are thinking ahead. They are looking to improve their services. More importantly – and we pressed hard on this – they have added 180 spaces to the public car park. Some of this has recently been used by their contractors, but they will now have their own temporary parking facilities.
They are also introducing a permit system to encourage staff to leave their cars at home. And they will be helping them to use buses and or the park and ride.
They will be building a new travel centre in 2018. They have streamlined entrance and help arrangements at the hospital. We are encouraged by the attitudes, the new facilities and the investments in the hospital (and by their improved recent performance).
We hope you will see rather less congestion and more parking on site and less nearby. If the problem persists we will push the trust for more radical solutions.
We will see them again early next year and will feed-back to you then.
David King, Mile End Focus Lead