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Lib Dems press for change to hospital parking charges

July 25, 2008

Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, and Conquest campaigner Margaret Williams met with hospital bosses on Friday 18 July to lobby for changes to the parking charges regime at the Conquest.On the back of their recent petition, Nick and Margaret made clear to Irene Dibben (Chair of the Board) and David Philliskirk (Director of Estates & Facilities) that the NHS should be free at the point of delivery, and that local people are struggling with the charges that are in place.

Nick says,

“I am pleased that Irene and David have listened to us and seem willing to go ahead with a fairer pay as you leave system. They are looking into the costs of this at the moment.

“We believe that there should be a free period of parking for the public and we are lobbying for it to be two hours.

“I was shocked to learn that staff parking charges were brought in 18 months ago to provide for a Healthy Transport Plan, and that because of the market forces factor, the Trust is receiving between £4-5 million less from Government than it needs. Our view is that the hospital should not need to charge for parking.”

Margaret Williams said, “I was glad to make good my promise to local Conquest residents that I would take up the issue of problem on-street parking following the imposition of staff charges.

“Local Lib Dems believe that Hastings County councillors have failed to deliver improved public transport links to the hospital. And that the Trust should do regular mapping of where staff live, and what their transport options are.”

Nick added, “We will be taking our campaign to the Board, and hope to be able to bring back good news soon.”

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