“It seems like the Health Board don’t give a damn about residents or even staff when it comes to messing about with the parking situation at the RAH”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), highlighting a motion put forward to the next full meeting of Renfrewshire Council by Cllr Kenny MacLaren and Cllr Stephen Burns.
Councillors Kenny MacLaren and Stephen Burns have reacted to complaints from constituents regarding the recent change to the car park policy at the RAH, where the health board are forcing staff without permits to find alternative parking spaces. This has had a detrimental impact on local streets and local communities. It is also causing problems for staff trying to find an alternative location to park their vehicle, especially if they are doing a late shift which results in them having to walk alone in quiet streets to get to their vehicles at the end of a long shift.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“This is not a new problem. The management of the Health Board seem to think proper consultation with the council, staff and local residents an inconvenience. We’ve had to deal with them simply moving their parking problems onto local communities.
“The council had to introduce new parking restrictions around Craw Road the last time the Health Board changed their parking policies and this time there is a proposal for new restrictions around Corsebar Road.
“It’s time the Health Board management started to properly look at the issue at the RAH and not simply copy whatever they’ve decided is good enough for hospitals in Glasgow.”
Councillor Stephen Burns said:
“Since the Health Board changed their policy on the main car park, I’ve had a number of local residents complain about the increased number of cars parked in residential areas.
“This is having an impact on local residents who are now finding it difficult to park close to their homes and are sometimes disturbed at night when staff return to pick up their vehicles. This is all down to a health board management who show little interest in this long running problem.”
Motion by Cllrs Kenny MacLaren and Stephen Burns
RAH Car Park
Council notes the problems caused by the recent changes to the main car park at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) and the impact this has had on staff and local residents. The decision by the Health Board to change the parking policy with little consultation has negatively impacted on local residents as staff seek to find alternative places to park.
Council calls for better communication between the Health Board and council officers to resolve the parking issues within the RAH and surrounding areas.
Council will contact the Chief Executive of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to express our concern over the impact that these changes to the parking policy has had on Renfrewshire residents and on all the staff at the RAH.