Council plan to tackle Russells Hall parking nightmares branded "harebrained"

Dudley Cllr Khurshid Ahmed says the answer to parking problems near Russells Hall hospital may be paid for residents' permits but politcal opponants have slammed the idea

Dudley Cllr Khurshid Ahmed says the answer to parking problems near Russells Hall hospital may be paid for residents' permits but politcal opponants have slammed the idea

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A DUDLEY Council plan to charge residents for tackling parking nightmares near Russells Hall hospital has been slammed as harebrained.

The Labour-run authority this week launched a consultation on a year-long trial where householders in streets near the hospital will be charged £95 for a permit to park in residents’ bays.

Residents would also have to buy visitor permits for friends and family and even disabled drivers with blue badges would have to cough up to use residents’ or disabled parking bays.

People living in the area are to be asked for their opinions and if 80 per cent say yes the plan will be put into action.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley cabinet member for transport, said: “We have been looking for solutions to help with on-street parking in the roads around the hospital for some time.”

The plan instantly came under fire from UKIP, whose Dudley North parliamentary candidate, Bill Etheridge, said: “We believe that asking residents to pay money to park outside their own houses is an absolute disgrace. Has the local authority ever heard of road tax?

“There should be appropriate, affordable parking at the hospital. That would remove the need for harebrained schemes like this.”

Black Country disabled rights campaigner Steve Daniels also hit out. He said: “Money is more important to the council than the needs of disabled people.

“There should be permits but they should be free to residents and the blue badge scheme should still be applicable.”

Cllr Ahmed said charges were only being imposed to cover costs but insisted there would be no exceptions and claimed disabled residents may be better off than neighbours who are “not able to work”.

He added: “It is a service we are providing to look after everyone, local people need to be able to park.”

Dudley North MP Ian Austin focused on a street near the hospital where residents say they are plagued by parking problems caused by hospital visitors and staff.

Mr Austin said: “I’ve been campaigning for double yellow lines in Abbotsford Drive and I’m hoping the council will introduce them.

“Residents around the hospital are very frustrated. Some have been unable to get off their drives and out of their homes.”

Cllr Ahmed said double yellow lines remain an option for Abbotsford Drive, which may be treated as an individual case after the consultation.

Dudley Council’s Conservative group leader, cllr Patrick Harley, also has his doubts.

He said: “I can’t see people that live around Russells Hall wanting to pay £100 for the privilege of parking outside their own properties. It just smacks of this being another way to get more money out of residents.

“It’s welcome to rip off Britain under the Labour Party in Dudley.”

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10:56am Wed 5 Feb 14

The Villan says...

This is a non-starter as I can't see the residents voting to pay an extra £95.

Whoever thought of this idea needs a good talking too. It's suppose to be carrot/donkey not donkey/carrot!

Pathetic.
This is a non-starter as I can't see the residents voting to pay an extra £95. Whoever thought of this idea needs a good talking too. It's suppose to be carrot/donkey not donkey/carrot! Pathetic. The Villan
  • Score: 5

12:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

patriotic citizen says...

'If' a very big If residents go for this, It will be the start of a very slippery slope.Give Labour the green light for a new tax and before you know it they will extend it to streets around schools, streets and close to town centres. Eventually extending it Borough wide to every street. It's time for change in Dudley, common sense is sadly lacking among the current batch of 72 a landslide of UKIP Councillors is what is needed on May 22nd
'If' a very big If residents go for this, It will be the start of a very slippery slope.Give Labour the green light for a new tax and before you know it they will extend it to streets around schools, streets and close to town centres. Eventually extending it Borough wide to every street. It's time for change in Dudley, common sense is sadly lacking among the current batch of 72 a landslide of UKIP Councillors is what is needed on May 22nd patriotic citizen
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DonnieDarko says...

I posted this on a similar article regarding the same issue in the Old Quarter, Stourbridge.

"Here's an idea, how about providing residents free parking permits and then penalising those who are allegedly causing the real problems, "visitors and workers using them for parking rather than the pay and display town car parks."

Admittedly I haven't considered visitors to the residents or the finer points of how to role this out, however, wouldn't this be a better place to start the debate over parking on these streets, rather than penalise those who live there?"

Surely this would be a more common sense approach?
I posted this on a similar article regarding the same issue in the Old Quarter, Stourbridge. "Here's an idea, how about providing residents free parking permits and then penalising those who are allegedly causing the real problems, "visitors and workers using them for parking rather than the pay and display town car parks." Admittedly I haven't considered visitors to the residents or the finer points of how to role this out, however, wouldn't this be a better place to start the debate over parking on these streets, rather than penalise those who live there?" Surely this would be a more common sense approach? DonnieDarko
  • Score: 4

10:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

MajorUKIP says...

There is one solution to this problem, tackle it at source. Russells hall hospital need to run an out -patients appointments system whereby patients are seen and dealt with at their appointed time (or within 5 mins of it). Patients in and out within half an hour (not 3-4 hours), waiting rooms nearly empty, car parking spaces freed up, parking costs lowered everybody happy.
There is one solution to this problem, tackle it at source. Russells hall hospital need to run an out -patients appointments system whereby patients are seen and dealt with at their appointed time (or within 5 mins of it). Patients in and out within half an hour (not 3-4 hours), waiting rooms nearly empty, car parking spaces freed up, parking costs lowered everybody happy. MajorUKIP
  • Score: 3

9:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

steve Briscoe says...

Who the hell voted for this idiot thats all i can say....
Who the hell voted for this idiot thats all i can say.... steve Briscoe
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

charleegreenhalgh says...

It's a bloody joke! How can you expect residents to pay to park outside their own house, give residents free parking and visitor permits.

I don't see this working, what happens if council vans have to park outside properties will they be penalised for not parking in resident bays? What about those properties that need more than one bay?

Ridiculous unthought plan!
It's a bloody joke! How can you expect residents to pay to park outside their own house, give residents free parking and visitor permits. I don't see this working, what happens if council vans have to park outside properties will they be penalised for not parking in resident bays? What about those properties that need more than one bay? Ridiculous unthought plan! charleegreenhalgh
  • Score: 2

8:07am Tue 11 Feb 14

Pensnett Wammel says...

Why can't the politicians, who can impose changes to contracts on public sector workers, not do the same with PFI providers and make hospital car parks free as they morally and ethically should be?
Why can't the politicians, who can impose changes to contracts on public sector workers, not do the same with PFI providers and make hospital car parks free as they morally and ethically should be? Pensnett Wammel
  • Score: 1

11:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

AnnieG83 says...

I live on the Russell's Hall estate and find it down right rude of them to ask the residents to pay to park outside their own property without the guarentee of either parking outside the property or even the street!!!
The street will be wardened 247 so all visiting to anone living within the propsosed area will be out because i know for sure my freinds and family wont risk getting fined for popping to say hi.
They should be looking at reducing the parking charges at the hospital or providing more avaliable parking near the hospital not charging people who happen to live near it!!!
Now if they said that we woudl be reimbursed in same way then maybe but i think the finer details need to be considered first, especially as its £95 per car per year and like most families 2 cars are used.
I live on the Russell's Hall estate and find it down right rude of them to ask the residents to pay to park outside their own property without the guarentee of either parking outside the property or even the street!!! The street will be wardened 247 so all visiting to anone living within the propsosed area will be out because i know for sure my freinds and family wont risk getting fined for popping to say hi. They should be looking at reducing the parking charges at the hospital or providing more avaliable parking near the hospital not charging people who happen to live near it!!! Now if they said that we woudl be reimbursed in same way then maybe but i think the finer details need to be considered first, especially as its £95 per car per year and like most families 2 cars are used. AnnieG83
  • Score: 1

12:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

MajorUKIP says...

A further thought on this matter; if a business say a curry house, a major store or a fish & chip shop applied to Dudley Council for planning permission it would be refused if they could not satisfy the Council that their parking arrangements would cater for their visiting customers. The same applies to Russells Hall, if they can't cater for their customers (patients) then withdraw planning permission until they can. This action would certainly focus the minds of the Board and the Governors. Naturally no one wants to see the Hospital close but someone needs to be held to account for the terrible situation that has been allowed to develop and is getting worse on a daily basis. The staff have a limited multi-storey car park -build another for patients within 9 months. The bosses there sold us the idea that big was beautiful and took salaries to match; they can now start earning their money and solve their own created problem !
A further thought on this matter; if a business say a curry house, a major store or a fish & chip shop applied to Dudley Council for planning permission it would be refused if they could not satisfy the Council that their parking arrangements would cater for their visiting customers. The same applies to Russells Hall, if they can't cater for their customers (patients) then withdraw planning permission until they can. This action would certainly focus the minds of the Board and the Governors. Naturally no one wants to see the Hospital close but someone needs to be held to account for the terrible situation that has been allowed to develop and is getting worse on a daily basis. The staff have a limited multi-storey car park -build another for patients within 9 months. The bosses there sold us the idea that big was beautiful and took salaries to match; they can now start earning their money and solve their own created problem ! MajorUKIP
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

HOLYLAND says...

Birdbrain idea,trying to make people who already suffer,suffer even more,space not guaranteed either.Back to the drawing board for more time
wasting.
Birdbrain idea,trying to make people who already suffer,suffer even more,space not guaranteed either.Back to the drawing board for more time wasting. HOLYLAND
  • Score: 0

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