New bid to help hospital car parking

A TEMPORARY metal car park which can be constructed within a matter of days is the latest idea to solve parking problems at Ipswich Hospital.The hospital has subjected plans to Ipswich Borough Council for permission to put up the 120-space car park for the next five years.

A TEMPORARY metal car park which can be constructed within a matter of days is the latest idea to solve parking problems at Ipswich Hospital.

The hospital has subjected plans to Ipswich Borough Council for permission to put up the 120-space car park for the next five years.

If given the go-ahead the steel-frame construction would provide parking space during the building of the multi-million pound treatment centre, the Garrett Anderson Centre, at Heath Road.

It would be built adjacent to the Heath Road frontage of the hospital.


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Planning permission has already been granted for a 465 space multi-storey car park to be built to help sort out long-term parking plans at the hospital.

But the latest scheme would ease problems immediately as it could be built within a couple of days.

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A resident, who does not wish to be named, from Heath Road has written to the council to complain about the plans for the temporary car park.

He said: “It would be visible from the road and would be unsightly.

“The proposed steel frame is utilitarian and harsh and there is no additional landscaping proposed.”

But resident David Garrod, of Tazmania Road, feels the plans are a step in the right direction.

He said: “Any plan to relieve the parking problems we have in this area is a good thing.

“But 120 spaces are certainly not enough to help out that much. Any way there are always going to be people who refuse to pay to park and therefore park on the streets outside our houses.

“This plan will not sort any of that out.”

Russell Harsant, county councillor, said: “These plans are not grand enough to solve the overall problem which is affecting residents nearby.

“What they want to know is when the approved multi-storey car park is going to be built and I suspect there are problems finding the funds seeing as the hospital seems to be in a financial mess.”

The planning application will be considered at an Ipswich Borough Council meeting on Wednesday .

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