Letter: Parking change adding to stress

Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital

I am writing to you to highlight what I think is a real problem at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The current car park system has changed recently and is letting everyone in despite the spaces not being available.

This means that the car park becomes gridlocked very easily and it’s “pot luck” if a person comes out of a space near you.

This means you can be in the car park for ages before getting a space with little ability to actually get out of the car park.

We have been visiting my brother in the stroke ward for weeks now and the change in car park arrangements are causing additional stress to all members of the family, my parents especially who are in their 70s.

The reason we have been given for this change is that the police want to keep the junction moving on the main road, which is admirable, but in our experience the traffic waiting to get in the car park rarely affects the junction and the previous system of “one in one out” worked much better.

I would urge you to work together to revisit this decision as this is causing much heartache for families of very sick people in the community.

I suspect that most road users will be supportive of maybe waiting one minute more on the main road on the rare occasion it does block one lane of the junction, rather than people being subjected to lengthy waits in the car park at what is already a stressful time.

Lou Barron, By email