QA car parking charges set to change in April

PRESSURE Kirstine Impey hands a petition about QA parking charges to Cllr Darren Sanders outside the Portsmouth Civic Offices. Picture: Paul Jacobs (1458-1)
PRESSURE Kirstine Impey hands a petition about QA parking charges to Cllr Darren Sanders outside the Portsmouth Civic Offices. Picture: Paul Jacobs (1458-1)

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PROPOSALS have been put forward to change car parking charges at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Carillion runs the car park at the Cosham hospital under a 25-year private finance initiative scheme.

Under the plans that are yet to be agreed by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, some tariffs will be frozen, while others will see an increase.

A spokesman for Carillion said: ‘We have undertaken a review of the car parking charges in response to concerns raised by regular users.

‘The main issue raised was the time needed for patient appointments which often exceeds 60 minutes – particularly if patients also need to visit the hospital pharmacy.

‘We have listened to these concerns and, as a result, we have increased the initial parking time band from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

‘The tariff will remain unchanged at £1.70, meaning car park users will be able to park for an additional 30 minutes at no extra cost.

‘In addition, we have also increased subsequent time bands by 30 minutes with a tariff increase of just 20p, and the top tariff for more than 12 hours has been reduced by 50p.’

PHT said that it has not yet finalised these proposed tariffs, and a meeting is due to be held next week.

Once confirmed, the changes will come into place from April 1.

As reported, resident Kirstine Impey, of Fairfield Square, Wymering, collected a 1,135-signature petition regarding the current charges.

The petition called for a freeze in prices being increased, which has been the case for the past two years.

Councillor Darren Sanders and Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock met Carillion to discuss the issue and hand in the petition.

Cllr Sanders said: ‘It’s great that Carillion has listened to local people after years of campaigning.

‘To get a cut for long stayers and a freeze for short-stayers is good news for people.

‘It’s a shame others are facing rises, but even these are below inflation.’