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Pledge on parking at Solihull Hospital

UNDER-fire hospital bosses have agreed to carry out a ‘wide review’ of their car parking policy after the Solihull News revealed the trust raked in over £1m in the last two years from those visiting the facility.

UNDER-fire hospital bosses have agreed to carry out a wide review of their car parking policy after the Solihull News revealed the trust raked in over s1m in the last two years from those visiting the facility.

A Freedom of Information request made last month to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust revealed that Solihull Hospital made s708,354 from visitor parking in 2010/11 and s684,769 in 2011/2012.

Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) who is on the trusts board of governors, is demanding a full and thorough consultation with the public.

He raised the thorny issue of parking charges at a recent meeting of governers.

Speaking to the Solihull News, he said: "I am pleased the trust has agreed to review the situation, particularly for those who find it difficult to pay the parking charges.

"This will be a review of parking charges, conditions and facilities and I really urge people to have their say because if the hospital thinks there is no issue, parking charges for example will just remain the same."

Cash made from the car parks is ploughed straight back into the maintenance of the facility. Discounted rates are also available for those on low income and who visit the hospital on multiple occasions.

It costs s2 to park for one hour, s3 for two and s4 for four hours. All day parking would cost a visitor s5.

Claire Molloy, managing director for Solihull Hospital and Community Services, said: "We are working alongside our publicly elected governors and staff to see how we can address the current issues around parking and are undertaking a review of our car parking charges, parking capacity and requirements which is due to be completed by the end of the year."

 

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