Hospitals across Nottingham have increased car parking charges for patients and visitors – with blue badge holders paying for the first time.
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH) say they had to make increase due to the costs of running and maintaining the car parks at Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospitals.
However, there is no parking charge for the first 30 minutes – an increase from just 15 minutes.
Director of Estates and Facilities, Andrew Chatten, said the money spent on maintaining the car parks exceeded any money the Trust made from charges.
“Running and maintaining our car parks is expensive and these costs are rising year-on-year,” he said.
“All of the money we make from parking charges goes back into funding maintenance, upkeep, security, improvements to our roads and car parks and supporting provision of the popular Medilink bus service.”
However some locals are worried that the car parking charges are slowly becoming too much and that they are unnecessary.
“… its disgusting when I come out after visiting someone to pay a price.”
Nottingham resident, Hyson Green
A Hyson Green resident, who didn’t wish to be named, said that people have enough on their mind “on top of paying to see a loved one.”
She argued: “We don’t know where the money goes as much as they say it is for maintenance, and it’s disgusting when I come out after visiting someone to pay a price.”
The increase began on Monday (November 5), and affects Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital Trust and Ropewalk House.
Blue badge holders will also be expected to pay the parking charges from January 7.