RESIDENTIAL streets in Chichester to the north of the hospital and university have been turned into an ‘absolute nightmare’ for the people who live there.
Angry residents of Bostock Road, Graylingwell Drive and others which border St Richard’s say the move to turn streets to the south into permit parking have pushed the problem of patients, staff and students wanting free parking on to them.
“It’s just a living nightmare,” said Bostock Road resident Ewan Haig. “When we moved here around six years ago, it was a quiet street.
“But since the county council made 100 roads below the hospital and university permit-only in April, all it’s done is push the problem up north.”
More than 100 local residents took part in a recent survey devised by Mr Haig, and 76 per cent said they were ‘very frustrated’ with the parking situation, with 52 per cent favouring the streets going permit-only. The results have been sent to the West Sussex County Council, which controls residential roads, and Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie, who Mr Haig says has written to both the hospital and university.
“There are a lot of very frustrated people who live here,” Mr Haig said.
“That frustration has been taken out on people who park along our streets because they bear the brunt of it, but really it’s the fault of the council and St Richard’s.
“The hospital has a responsibility to provide parking for its staff. You can’t really blame them when it costs around £10 a day to park in the car park.
“And although the council have acknowledged there is a problem, they are the ones who caused it and anything they are talking about doing would take a long time.”
Mr Haig added: “This is a constant problem and it’s not only deeply annoying, it’s extremely dangerous as well.
“There are a lot of children here and all it takes is a child to run out and it’s all over.”
He added vehicles sometimes had to be towed because the streets were too narrow for cars to park on both sides.
In a response to Mr Haig, a council spokesman: “The review of parking in Chichester still remains a high priority for us and we do hope to start it in the new year.”
The email insisted the council was keen to find ‘comprehensive measures that suit as many people as possible’.