Victory pub to be demolished to make way for more parking at Leicester Royal Infirmary
An empty pub is being demolished to make way for more hospital parking.
Bosses at Leicester Royal Infirmary are planning to knock down the former Victory pub, in Aylestone Road, in a bid to cut the queue of cars trying to get to the hospital.
It comes as officials admit there are serious problems at peak times with cars queuing the length of Havelock Street and Jarrom Street as patients wait to park.
Health campaigners have welcomed the move but the Leicester Civic Society has criticised the plan.
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Nigel Bond, head of facilities at Leicester's hospitals, said: "We recognise parking is a major problem for patients and visitors to the infirmary.
"In the short-term, we are looking at demolishing the Victory pub, which we own, to make way for public parking.
"We are hoping this will be done by the end of March.
"We are also looking to see if we can move people out of the Knighton Street outpatients building and demolish that to create extra capacity.
"We are not sure of the exact numbers but it could give us about 50 more spaces which is quite a significant proportion on top of the 400 we have."
Mr Bond said longer term plans being considered include provision of a multi-storey car park.
This might be on the infirmary site or renting spaces if a multi-storey car park is built at Leicester Tigers' Welford Road ground.
Mr Bond said: "We hope a long-term solution is only a couple of years away.
"We are also looking at moving some outpatient services away from the infirmary site and closer to people's homes.
"In the meantime, we acknowledge it can be a real difficulty for patients getting into our car park and it can take an hour.
"Recently, it has been made more difficult than usual as a nearby private car park was closed for resurfacing and Mill Lane has been pedestrianised, which has led to more traffic near the infirmary.
"We are confident we will be able to resolve the problem."
Stuart Bailey, chairman of the Leicester Civic Society, said: "The Victory is not on the list of buildings of local interest, so there is nothing we can do to keep it.
"However, it is a big disappointment. This building, along with The Pride of Leicester pub on the opposite corner, which was demolished two years ago, formed an attractive visual site.
"For both to be replaced with an iron fence and parked cars is extremely unattractive."
However, health campaigner Zuffar Haq, from the Leicester Mercury Patients' Panel, welcomed the plan.
He said: "It is good news there will be more parking for patients.
"There is a particular problem about the lack of disabled spaces and I hope this will be addressed as soon as possible."