Fareham launches free parking scheme for NHS hospital workers

HEALTH workers from the NHS are to be given free parking under a new scheme.
Clap for Carers taking place at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, along with the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band on what is thought to be the last evening of the tradition on Thursday, May 28.

Picture: Sarah Standing (280520-9065)Clap for Carers taking place at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, along with the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band on what is thought to be the last evening of the tradition on Thursday, May 28.

Picture: Sarah Standing (280520-9065)
Clap for Carers taking place at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, along with the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band on what is thought to be the last evening of the tradition on Thursday, May 28. Picture: Sarah Standing (280520-9065)

Hospital workers living in Fareham will be given free access to the town’s barrier car parks as part of a new permit proposal.

The scheme, announced by Fareham Borough Council, will launch on October 1 and will run until March 31.

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To apply for a permit, NHS employees will need to provide proof they live in the Fareham borough, together with a copy of their NHS hospital ID, and their vehicle registration.

Council Trevor Cartwright, Fareham’s health boss, said: ‘This new initiative is designed to help busy hospital workers who need to pop into town for some shopping after a long shift.”

Borough council leader Cllr Seán Woodward, added: ‘I am delighted that we are now in a position to formalise a scheme to ensure NHS hospital workers continue to benefit from free parking in Fareham; they are doing such a superb job.

‘I do hope that this small gesture goes some way towards thanking them for their ongoing hard work in these exceptional times.’

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To apply for a free parking permit, NHS workers who live in the Fareham borough and are hospital-based should email [email protected] to request an application form.

Successful applications will allow people to use parking facilities at Osborn Road multi-storey, Fareham Shoppers’ multi-storey and Market Quay car parks.

A physical permit will not be issued as automatic number plate recognition technology will be used.