92% of people favour a pay on departure parking system at Aldershot Centre for Health

August 10, 2018
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A survey to help understand what sort of car-parking system people would like to see at Aldershot Centre for Health has produced an almost unanimous result.

A whopping 92% of the 900 respondents say that they would prefer to see a pay on departure system introduced.

The car park has been operating a temporary, council run pay and display system since the punitive Smart Parking system reign came to an end on August 2.

Pay and display machines will be running for the next three months while the NHS decide what kind of system they are going to operate on a permanent basis.

Aldershot Centre for Health in Hospital Hill
(Image: Aldershot News and Mail)

For the interim period, visitors will need to pick up a ticket from the machines, which are cash only, and display them in their windscreens.

There will be no credit card or mobile phone payment permitted.

There is no free parking period but there is a drop off area outside the front door of the building and blue badge holders will be able to park free of charge.

The interim system will be in place until November with an option for the NHS to extend it if required.

The new charges at Aldershot Centre for Health car park
(Image: Councillor Alex Crawford)

It replaces Smart Parking’s controversial CCTV license plate recognition system which concluded its 90 day notice period on August 2.

Visitors, often elderly and unwell, were frequently caught out by this system and heavily fined if they found themselves unable to find a space within their allotted time period.

Leader of the Labour group, Councillor Alex Crawford has been campaigning to oust Smart Parking since the end of 2017 and now they are gone, has set his sights on getting a new system introduced that pleases visitors.

His latest survey has returned a landslide result as nearly 92% of respondents say they would like to see a pay on exit system introduced on a permanent basis.

This would allow patients to pick up a ticket on their way in, stay for any duration of time and then on their exit, pay for the fixed amount of time they spent in the car park.

Cllr Crawford and Councillor Jennifer Evans went down to Hospital Hill on August 3 to celebrate the departure of Smart Parking and make a video explaining the new system.

Cllr Crawford said: “Thanks to Rushmoor Borough Council and NHS Property Services for making this big change and getting rid of Smart Parking.

“What we want to see above all is a system that is what patients want and that meets the needs of the patients and puts patients before profits.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/92-people-favour-pay-departure-15001279


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