Restrictions and pay & display plans to tackle parking problem near Stevenage’s Lister Hospital

Stevenage Borough Council is looking to tackle the parking problem outside Lister Hospital with rest

Stevenage Borough Council is looking to tackle the parking problem outside Lister Hospital with restrictions and pay and display bays. - Credit: Archant

The growing problems caused by parking on roads around Stevenage’s Lister Hospital are to be tackled with restrictions and pay and display bays.

Since the hospital implemented a permit scheme for its staff in October 2014, the problem of parking on roads surrounding the Coreys Mill Lane site has worsened.

Neighbours have consistently been complaining that their streets are full of cars, with most of them owned by hospital staff. One man who lives in Burymead says he is lucky he has a driveway because his neighbours often have to park miles away from their homes.

Disabled blue badge holders parking near junctions close to the hospital have also caused problems for emergency vehicles, according to Stevenage Borough Council.

In a bid to address the mounting unrest and improve traffic management, the council launched a consultation about introducing on-street charges in Coreys Mill Lane and North Road, stopping people from waiting or loading at the junction with Coreys Mill Lane and Hitchin Road to the junction from Coreys Mill Lane to North Road, as well as introducing restrictions on parking in nearby residential streets.

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Councillor Ralph Raynor, responsible for transport at the council, said: said: “The consultation process has ended and all the responses have been considered. We are now moving forward with the proposals to introduce pay and display bays at Coreys Mill Lane and North Road later this year, as well as parking restrictions in many surrounding streets.

“These measures will help manage traffic flow and reduce congestion in the roads around the hospital, as well as improve the parking experience for residents of streets including Chancellors Road, Burymead, Ingleside Drive, Tates Way and Franklin’s Road, who appealed to the council for a solution to persistent parking problems in their neighbourhoods.”

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