Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar, who earlier this year called on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to review its decision to scrap Glan Clwyd Hospital’s park and ride scheme, has welcomed today’s news that it is to be extended until the end of October.
The parking scheme, which runs from the former Hotpoint factory site in Bodelwyddan, was due to cease by the end of June, however following mounting pressure by members of the public, Darren and local Conservatives, the health board have confirmed that they have extended the contract for another four months.
Welcoming the news, Darren said:
“I am so pleased to hear of this extension, although four months is not long enough: it needs to be permanent. It is clear from the many messages from my constituents that the Glan Clwyd park and ride facility is convenient and valued by many patients and staff members and scrapping it will inconvenience a lot of people.
“Parking has always been a problem at Glan Clwyd and it has become the norm for patients and visitors to arrive extra early for appointments and visiting times just to secure a space. Many patients an visitors have branded the parking situation “ridiculous” and “horrendous”, and there have been complaints of people missing appointments and loved ones unable to visit due to the lack of car parking spaces. Taking away this park and ride scheme would be disastrous
“The last thing you need when you or a loved one are poorly is a struggle to find a parking space, so while this extension is welcome, it is not enough and I will continue campaigning until the health board agree that this scheme can remain for good.”