Nurses set to get free parking under new Sutton Council plans

Sutton Guardian: Charlie Cornwell Charlie Cornwell

Nurses are set to be allowed to park for free after Sutton Council bowed to pressure.

At tonight's Environment and Neighbourhood's Committee meeting, councillors look set to approve a six month trial to a scheme which will allow all health and social care staff to carry a free permit to park within Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ).

As it stands, nurses who visit patients living within the CPZ have to use pay and display machines just like everyone else, but then claim the money back.

But after residents complained they were having to buy extra visitor books to allow nurses to visit and to avoid them getting a parking ticket, the council is now looking to give a new system a trial. Tonight's meeting will also look at providing free permits to childminders within the CPZ's.

Charlie Cornwell, who had shelled out over £100 on extra visitor permits for nurses to come and treat his ill wife, said it was good news.

He said: "I'm glad the council are looking at this, it's about time. Nurses have enough to worry about without dealing with parking tickets and keeping pay and display receipts. This is the least they deserve."

Conservative Councillor Tony Shields, who had campaigned for free permits for nurses, said it was "a victory for common sense."

A council spokesperson said: "Currently care provider and individual provider permits are available to all approved health and social care staff - and have been since 2006 in the Sutton and Belmont Controlled Parking Zone.

"Thursday’s (October 3) Environment and Neighbourhood Committee will discuss proposals to consider individual cases on their merits, where there are particular circumstances where carers do not fall into these two categories."

 

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7:56am Thu 3 Oct 13

Giles C says...

Well done Mr Cornwall for forcing this U-Turn..
The council finds large sums to prop up failing pet projects such as the life centre and can give Chelsea football club 60k but has to be shamed into doing this...
I expect they will still get voted back in next year though ...God knows why when you see the money they waste...
Well done Mr Cornwall for forcing this U-Turn.. The council finds large sums to prop up failing pet projects such as the life centre and can give Chelsea football club 60k but has to be shamed into doing this... I expect they will still get voted back in next year though ...God knows why when you see the money they waste... Giles C

11:47am Thu 3 Oct 13

Hugh Dunnit says...

and what checks are in place to stop this being abused ?
and what checks are in place to stop this being abused ? Hugh Dunnit

11:51am Thu 3 Oct 13

Giles C says...

Hugh Dunnit wrote:
and what checks are in place to stop this being abused ?
Well if they are there longer than a couple of hours youll know wont you....
Thats a bit killjoy Hugh
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Dunnit[/bold] wrote: and what checks are in place to stop this being abused ?[/p][/quote]Well if they are there longer than a couple of hours youll know wont you.... Thats a bit killjoy Hugh Giles C

12:47pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Bill Fairclough says...

Excellent news - I hope it applies to Wallington and those who work in the Jubilee Centre so that they all stop parking in the roads around it. The congestion is appalling around the Park Hill Road area and one day there will be a serious accident I am sure the nurses wouldn't want to feel was their fault.

It was the Council who overlooked the parking problems that would arise and have arisen when giving consents to the plans for the Jubilee Centre and there are many car parks close by which are usually quite empty. As the Council overlooked these issues they should sort them out.

According to Jane McCoy, Councillor for Wallington South, yesterday evening at the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee schemes were approved to resolve the parking issues around Park Hill Road and Woodcote Road. Also according to Jane McCoy, she and Councillors Monica Coleman and Colin Hall have asked that the necessary consultation is undertaken without further delay so that implementation of the schemes can take place as quickly as possible.

No doubt other residents in the area will be pleased by this good news which has been in the pipeline for far too long. Let’s hope it is now resolved as effectively as our councillors have said it will be.
Excellent news - I hope it applies to Wallington and those who work in the Jubilee Centre so that they all stop parking in the roads around it. The congestion is appalling around the Park Hill Road area and one day there will be a serious accident I am sure the nurses wouldn't want to feel was their fault. It was the Council who overlooked the parking problems that would arise and have arisen when giving consents to the plans for the Jubilee Centre and there are many car parks close by which are usually quite empty. As the Council overlooked these issues they should sort them out. According to Jane McCoy, Councillor for Wallington South, yesterday evening at the Beddington & Wallington Local Committee schemes were approved to resolve the parking issues around Park Hill Road and Woodcote Road. Also according to Jane McCoy, she and Councillors Monica Coleman and Colin Hall have asked that the necessary consultation is undertaken without further delay so that implementation of the schemes can take place as quickly as possible. No doubt other residents in the area will be pleased by this good news which has been in the pipeline for far too long. Let’s hope it is now resolved as effectively as our councillors have said it will be. Bill Fairclough

1:15pm Thu 3 Oct 13

Niki R says...

Excellent news. A disgrace that the Council didn't resolve this sooner.
Excellent news. A disgrace that the Council didn't resolve this sooner. Niki R

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