Complaints continue over car parking

NEAALM110126B1 Mayor of Eastwood Brian Griffin outside the old council offices car park which is now closed to the public.
NEAALM110126B1 Mayor of Eastwood Brian Griffin outside the old council offices car park which is now closed to the public.

The MAYOR of Eastwood is being bombarded with complaints about the old council office car park being shut off.

Patients going to Eastwood Clinic have always parked in the car park in Nottingham Road because of a lack of places to park.

But since Nottinghamshire Police bought the building from the council the car park has been shut off, leaving patients – some elderly and disabled – having to park on the main road and cross over to reach the clinic.

The Advertiser reported the parking problems last year when the site was first sold, but the town Mayor Cllr Brian Griffin, said the problem has not gone away and lately he has had scores of complaints.

“People are saying ‘I had to cross over the road with my disabled mum’. And they are asking me why it’s shut off,” he said.

“It’s causing a lot of heartache and inconvenience.”

Eastwood Town Council sold the building to the police to make way for the new station, which has now been put on hold because of budget cuts. But Cllr Griffin said the police force should keep the car park open until the work goes ahead.

A spokesman for the force said the clinic should be responsible for parking problems, but said the force would liaise with the council to see if they could find a short term solution.

He added: “It is not as straightforward as simply letting people park there. What about public liability insurance and who would be responsible for the maintenance of the car park?”

But Cllr Griffin said with the new Tesco Express store at Hilltop, parking in Nottingham Road is only going to get worse.

“Before you know it we will have from the top of Plumptre Way to Hilltop completely jammed with cars,” he said.

“The town is being strangled by people who can’t park.”