Permits may be answer to hospital parking problems
I recently had the misfortune to make regular visits to Leicester Royal Infirmary at varying times of the day and have been amazed at the ridiculous situation regarding parking.
Evening parking for visitors is relatively adequate but during the day, when there are clinics, the queue of vehicles waiting to park usually extends the complete length of Havelock Street and regularly some distance along Jarrom Street.
This causes long delays, aggravation, lateness for appointments, unnecessary damage to air quality and, especially in Jarrom Street, a not insignificant road hazard when frustrated drivers frequently drive headlong and blind on the wrong side of the road.
What makes the situation particularly annoying is that all the streets around the infirmary are designated as residents' parking only, yet during working hours, when this problem exists, they are 90 per cent empty.
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Residents themselves are at this time parked close to their workplace, either in car parks or in front of someone else's house.
I can appreciate that after a hard day at work nobody wants to find they are unable to park near their own home.
But surely, with a degree of understanding and co-operation between residents and the authorities, it is not beyond the realms of administrative competence that, excepting holiday periods, short-term permits could be issued to outpatients and regular visitors to allow parking in certain sections of these streets.
If, with a hospital-issued permit, weekday parking were to be allowed between 9am and 4.30pm, with a maximum stay of three hours, it is my contention that much of this congestion could be alleviated, with virtually no detrimental effect to the residential parking amenity.
Perhaps I will need to be corrected, but it is my belief that parking restrictions are imposed for the good sense reasons of improving traffic flow and increasing safety on the highway.
That is why it seems to me sheer stupidity to have implemented and unnecessarily continued to sustain restrictions that most clearly do the opposite.
Roger A Strong, Wigston.