Kingston Hospital pauses Blue Badge parking charges
Local Conservative Councillors and campaigners have successfully managed to persuade Kingston Hospital to pause and review the unpopular Blue Badge Parking Charges which were imposed back in January.
In a major victory for residents and disabled residents, the charges will no longer be in place from 8am, Thursday 17th May 2018 as the hospital Trust review the parking charges.
As part of this review the Trust is asking for feedback from all car park users and residents on the current parking arrangements. It is vital that as many residents as possible respond to the survey with their views and we would ask that the survey be shared amongst neighbours as well. Residents can fill out the survey via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X76LYBJ.
Following the review, the Hospital Car Parking Review Reference Group will meet again in June and the outcome will be announced by the hospital in July. This comes after months of campaigning by local conservatives and residents determined to get the right outcome for those who use the hospital and residents in the surrounding roads.
Cllr Rowena Bass, Ward councillor for Coombe Hill and former Chair of Health Overview Panel said,
I am delighted that Hospital Directors have responded to our requests for a formal review of the controversial parking charges and are now listening to local residents and councillors. It is vital that as many residents as possible respond to this survey so that all views are heard.
Richard Hudson, former Councillor for Alexandra Ward said,
After many discussions with the Hospital Directors and I am glad that they agreed to my request to review the scheme. We clearly outlined the concerns that residents had raised with councillors to the hospital directors when we met. The hospital outlined that they plan to double the number of blue badge spaces as at capacity.
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