Car park survey reveals charges will ‘hit elderly’ in Hayling

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CHARGING people to park at a health centre would penalise the elderly, campaigners have warned.

A full day’s survey of the free parking area outside Hayling Island Health Centre, off Elm Grove, was carried out by campaigners Chris Woollacott, John Perry and Bill Farnham.

OPPOSED TO CHARGES John Perry, left, and Chris Woollacott. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131057-9576)

OPPOSED TO CHARGES John Perry, left, and Chris Woollacott. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131057-9576)

It comes as Havant Borough Council is proposing to introduce charges at the car park.

The survey found that more than a third of the car park users were more than 70 years old.

By comparison, only a fifth of the island’s population are in this age group.

Campaigners say this proves the parking charges would be unfair to the elderly.

Meanwhile, the two medical practices are opposed to the loss of free parking.

In a statement they said: ‘As tenants of Hayling Island Health Centre we feel that the loss of this area of free parking for our patients could be detrimental to patient care.’

Following a petition of 4,500 signatures, councillors are set to debate the proposals at a council meeting at The Plaza on July 24.

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