West Fife pensioner's fury at hospital parking fine
Published: 4 Mar 2011 08:1529 comments
A WEST FIFE pensioner has blasted parking congestion at Queen Margaret Hospital after he was forced to leave his car on the pavement to make his vital appointment.
Alan Hay (75) was furious when he returned to his car after his appointment to find a parking ticket perched on his windshield.
Mr Hay, of Rose Wall, North Queensferry, claims he was left with no option but to park on the pavement after he found every space taken in the hospital's car parks.
He said, "I went right around the bottom car park and it was full.
"I went into the west car park, nothing, and people were parked all over the pavements.
"I then went into the top car park hoping somebody would pull out and nothing.
"I saw cars parked up on the pavement at the A&E and when I went into the second car park people were sitting in cars waiting for patients that were inside.
"I put car the right up on the pavement, there is double yellow lines I admit that, but I can't afford to miss my eye appointment as I have glaucoma.
"I was furious when I saw the parking ticket. It was ridiculous."
Mr Hay has had an operation on his right knee that means he sometimes has difficulty walking.
He fumed, "What have I got to do, say I can't find a car parking space so I'm going to have to cancel my appointment?
"People don't go to the hospital for a frivolous reason. You don't go up there for fun.
"On the wall it had something like 240 hours were wasted by appointments that weren't fulfilled.
"I thought I was doing them a favour by parking up on the pavement and therefore not blocking the bus route, which is very narrow.
"Somebody suggested to go along Robertson Road and park in the car park at the chemist but I couldn't walk that far. It's just not on."
An NHS Fife spokesperson said, "Since 2002, NHS Fife has created 229 new parking spaces at Queen Margaret Hospital.
"The hospital has become busier, as has the surrounding area with new housing and the Dunfermline Queen Margaret railway station.
"NHS Fife wants to continue to improve the parking position at Queen Margaret Hospital for all our neighbours and is keen to work with everyone involved, including Network Rail, Stagecoach, Fife Council, Fife police and local community council.
"NHS Fife also has a long-established travel plan designated to improve matters and is working through it, as funds permit.
"All roads into and through Queen Margaret Hospital have been adopted by Fife Council; they are governed by the same law that applies to all other public roads.
"Both Fife police and Fife traffic wardens patrol the site. Illegally parked vehicles disrupt the passage of ambulances and can force wheelchair users and pedestrians onto the road.
"NHS Fife does not condone parking offences and has no power to prevent parking wardens from enforcing the law on public roads."