Friday, 25 April 2014

Concerns over parking at new health centre

Local councillors are to be told that Ardrossan’s new health centre will have just 42 parking spaces.

The limited ‘official’ parking at the location has led to fears that some elderly patients may be forced to park at the nearby Asda store, leaving them to cross one of the town’s busiest roads to reach their doctors’ surgery.

The health centre, currently under construction in Harbour Street, will be the new home of the South Beach doctors’ practice and will also incorporate a dental clinic. According to paperwork submitted at the time a planning application was granted for the development, analysis of the “parking profile and a review of the travel behaviour at the existing GP Practice” was carried out. The report stemming from the analysis concluded that “day to day operations provided a realistic parking capacity of 42 spaces within the site boundary to address the number of car trips generated by the site.”

In a report to be considered on April 24 by North Ayrshire Council’s Three Towns & Arran Area Committee, the local authority’s Corporate Director (Development & Environment), Mr Craig Hatton, makes clear that “There is no space within the site for further parking provision and no additional parking spaces have been identified as part of the planning consent.”

Mr Hatton’s report acknowledges a “high demand” for parking in the area of Glasgow Street (south) and Princes Street, but argues “there is sufficient capacity elsewhere in Ardrossan between on-road spaces and publicly available off-road spaces to meet parking demand”.

The senior Council official states that the local authority will carry out a review “to identify unnecessary parking restrictions with a view to providing additional on-street parking where it is safe to do so”.

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