Parking charges to be introduced at all Devon hospitals

PUBLISHED: 06:35 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

DEVON Primary Care Trust is set to introduce parking charges at Honiton Community Hospital.

DEVON Primary Care Trust is set to introduce parking charges at Honiton Community Hospital.A date for the implementation of a pay and display system at the hospital's car parks has yet to be set, but follows on-going abuse of spaces at the site.The hospital's league of friends have been informed of the primary care trust's plan, which is part of a wider green travel initiative.Dave Rollason, project manager for the initiative, said: "We are introducing our green travel plan to all hospitals across Devon to counter traffic congestion at these sites and encourage people to switch to more environmentally friendly means of travelling to and from these locations."No date has yet been set for the introduction of parking charges at Honiton Hospital. "This is just one of a series of measures we are introducing to help tackle congestion and improve parking at the site."We are currently consulting staff on the proposals and will make public announcements at the appropriate time. "The charges will be in line with the parking fees already charged locally."Mr Rollason said members of the league of friends will be exempt from charges - because of their volunteer work at the hospital.He added: "Permits will be free of charge to hospital staff and will be allocated on a points basis. "We want to encourage people to car share or adopt green travel measures. "Car parking charges already operate at several of our hospitals in Devon and the system is working well to help manage parking at these locations."Parking charges are likely to apply to new parking spaces being created for the extended Honiton Surgery.n WHAT do you think? Visit the Herald's website to comment or write to the address on page 2.

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