Having lived in Skircoat Green for over 60 years I am writing about the new parking restrictions, particularly regarding St Albans Road. St Albans Road is a cul-de-sac with a walk-in access at the bottom leading out towards the hospital so it has always been a cut through route for pedestrians going to the hospital. Since the new Royal Hospital was built and opened, with an absolutely inadequate car park (it should have had a large multi-story car park) St Albans Road became a favourite parking area for all hospital staff and visitors so that for at least five days of the week from 8am to after 6pm, it and the ancillary avenues off it, were totally blocked. Residents could not park, access into driveways was limited and dangerous and this has gone on since the new hospital opened. On St Albans Road and the ancillary avenues off it, are 124 houses, only 14 of which have their own driveway in which to park. The other 110, built in the late part of the 19th century, were put up when consideration about car parking was totally unnecessary. The new arrangements, certainly with regard to St Albans Road, have been highly successful, it has now become again what it was, a pleasant place to live and the Councillors involved with their hard work on this subject are to be praised for their efforts. People working in the town centre who drive cars to work and park in the centre of the town have to pay to park, so why should it be that if you’re working at the hospital some feel that they should not pay when the majority of the workers in the town have no option but to pay? One answer to the problem, which would ease it considerably, is to use the area of land above the hospital, which presumably belongs to the Local Authority. I realise its present usage is protected (way beyond the importance of its present usage). One would think that there must be some legal way of changing that usage into one that serves the entire community in this modern age.
Skircoat Green Halifax