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Glasgow residents eye a profit from hospital parking problems

Homeowners in Govan, Glasgow are taking advantage of the parking problems at the nearby hospital by renting out their driveways as parking space.

The new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital employs more than 10,000 people, but there are only around 3,000 bays. As a result, many of the medics are left without a place to park and opportunistic local residents have been cashing in on the problem, with some charging £50 to allow hospital staff to park on their driveways for a week.

According to the Evening Times, Glasgow City Council is planning to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in streets with a G51 postcode to prevent the area becoming an unofficial car park. Under the car park solution, the council would introduce annual permits costing £50 a year for residents, £700 a year for a business permit, and £2 for six hours for visitors.

Pay and display machines will also be introduced within the new CPZ. These decision will be finalised at a council hearing, although a date for this meeting has not yet been set.

Defending the parking problems at the hospital, a spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Car parking permits are issued to staff who require a car to carry out the duties of their job.

“All other staff are encouraged to use public transport. Approximately 90 buses an hour service the hospital stopping at Arrival Square directly outside the hospitals’ front doors.

“The parking policy is in place Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm. This means all staff working at night and at weekends can continue to park on-site as is currently the case.”

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