Dowager Countess evicts doctors and nurses from car park at Cirencester Hospital

Car park at Cirencester Hospital

Car park at Cirencester Hospital

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SCORES of hard working medical professionals are facing uncertainty over where they will be able to park their cars while working at Cirencester Hospital.

Doctors and nurses at Cirencester Hospital have been told they are no longer permitted to park on site after the car park’s owner, the Dowager Countess of Bathurst, refused to renew the hospital’s lease.

Staff at the hospital are now having to park their cars in the town centre or use public transport to get to work.

One nurse, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We’re all so worried about where going to park now and if this will have an effect on the patients.

“At least when we had the car park, we all know where our cars are parked during the day.”

It is yet unclear as to why the Dowager has stopped staff from parking in the hospital’s on-site gravel car park.

Allen Bathurst, 9th Earl of Bathurst, told the Standard that he is oblivious as to why his step-mother has closed the car park.

He said: “She is the owner and can do exactly what she wants with it. I’m not in a position to be able to influence her.

“As president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends, I feel terrible. I hope she sees sense.”

Staff at the hospital’s car park have now been having to find alternate parking ever since the closure came into effect on Monday, October 14.

Mark Parsons, head of estates for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said:”We have been unable to negotiate the renewal of the lease for this land and staff car parking spaces are currently reduced as a result.

"For the time being, most staff are being asked to park off-site, or to leave their car at home and travel to and from work by bus, bike or on foot, if this is possible.”

Mr Parsons explained that the trust is currently in talks with Cotswold District Council to create a new car park close to the hospital.

“Subject to planning approval, we will be resurfacing a new self-draining car park area near to Corinium House in the coming weeks. All being well, we expect to complete this work by the end of the November.”

Despite the closure of the large gravel car park, the smaller patient and visitor parking spaces close to the Minor Injuries Unit are not affected by the change.

The office of the Dowager Countess of Bathurst refused to comment on the situation.

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10:41am Thu 17 Oct 13

andrew.carpenter says...

What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear?
What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear? andrew.carpenter
  • Score: 9

4:54pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Poker.Miss.Alice says...

andrew.carpenter wrote:
What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear?
Yeah, she is really mean. But this isnt the first time shes done something like this, look at what she tried to do to the polo club a couple of years back. Apparently since the old Earl died, shes kicked out most of her tenants in Sapperton and refuses to do any building work on the poor people who still live in one of her houses, taken back land from farmers, and is now flogging off historical estate houses. Leesehoes i think tis name is. Shes seems to be a nightmare. Glad shes not my stepmum.
But i dont agree with what you said about the Earl. Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done?
So dont have a go at the person who cant do a thing about it, he works his TAIL off for this town, and you always see a smile on his face and he'd always help if he could. I expect he'll be doing his best, so dont go casting mean thoughts on a man who is nothing but kind and generous and lovely to everyone. (And by the way Im writing this because hes too much of a gent to stick up for himself, so people like me do. Wish more would and all.
The 'dowager' is the mean one - not him.
[quote][p][bold]andrew.carpenter[/bold] wrote: What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear?[/p][/quote]Yeah, she is really mean. But this isnt the first time shes done something like this, look at what she tried to do to the polo club a couple of years back. Apparently since the old Earl died, shes kicked out most of her tenants in Sapperton and refuses to do any building work on the poor people who still live in one of her houses, taken back land from farmers, and is now flogging off historical estate houses. Leesehoes i think tis name is. Shes seems to be a nightmare. Glad shes not my stepmum. But i dont agree with what you said about the Earl. Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done? So dont have a go at the person who cant do a thing about it, he works his TAIL off for this town, and you always see a smile on his face and he'd always help if he could. I expect he'll be doing his best, so dont go casting mean thoughts on a man who is nothing but kind and generous and lovely to everyone. (And by the way Im writing this because hes too much of a gent to stick up for himself, so people like me do. Wish more would and all. The 'dowager' is the mean one - not him. Poker.Miss.Alice
  • Score: 35

8:23pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Robert Jeanes says...

Senior British aristocrats. A Dowager no less....... There is no better tabloid Copy, particularly if there is a chance of 'having a go, at them. If they appear parsimonious so much the better.

The Bathurst Estate has come into millions of profit recently by selling, yet again, more farmland for building. It borders Siddington. Not !!!!! a subject for Susan, Lady Bathurst's Twitter page. 11,000 'tweets' to the World seem not to include such minutae.

At least one (Dowager) Lady appears to be making make some sort of point.
Senior British aristocrats. A Dowager no less....... There is no better tabloid Copy, particularly if there is a chance of 'having a go, at them. If they appear parsimonious so much the better. The Bathurst Estate has come into millions of profit recently by selling, yet again, more farmland for building. It borders Siddington. Not !!!!! a subject for Susan, Lady Bathurst's Twitter page. 11,000 'tweets' to the World seem not to include such minutae. At least one (Dowager) Lady appears to be making make some sort of point. Robert Jeanes
  • Score: -12

6:16pm Fri 18 Oct 13

Olly Cromwell says...

It'll be a ruse to push employees from the NHS into the expensive Council car parks of the town.

The establishment helping out the establishment.

See how it's done yet?
It'll be a ruse to push employees from the NHS into the expensive Council car parks of the town. The establishment helping out the establishment. See how it's done yet? Olly Cromwell
  • Score: -4

1:39pm Sat 19 Oct 13

andrew.carpenter says...

Poker.Miss.Alice wrote:
andrew.carpenter wrote:
What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear?
Yeah, she is really mean. But this isnt the first time shes done something like this, look at what she tried to do to the polo club a couple of years back. Apparently since the old Earl died, shes kicked out most of her tenants in Sapperton and refuses to do any building work on the poor people who still live in one of her houses, taken back land from farmers, and is now flogging off historical estate houses. Leesehoes i think tis name is. Shes seems to be a nightmare. Glad shes not my stepmum.
But i dont agree with what you said about the Earl. Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done?
So dont have a go at the person who cant do a thing about it, he works his TAIL off for this town, and you always see a smile on his face and he'd always help if he could. I expect he'll be doing his best, so dont go casting mean thoughts on a man who is nothing but kind and generous and lovely to everyone. (And by the way Im writing this because hes too much of a gent to stick up for himself, so people like me do. Wish more would and all.
The 'dowager' is the mean one - not him.
Poker.Miss.Alice wrote: Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done?


Ah, well, you see, I've never heard of this Dowager Countess woman before, nor any of these other dreadful things she's done in the past, nor was I aware of the sour relationship between them. I simply approached the situation using the rationale of a sane human being and surmised what should happen next. Just what does this woman hope to achieve by being so crazy all the time?
[quote][p][bold]Poker.Miss.Alice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andrew.carpenter[/bold] wrote: What a mean-spirited lady! And then for the Earl of Bathurst to say that he's "not in a position to be able to influence her", what a load of nonsense. She's his step-mother! He could at least sit down with her and discuss it over some tea and biscuits. To not even try surely makes nonsense of his position as president of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends. Perhaps whilst the Barracks on Cecily Hill stands empty, he could let them park in the private car park at the rear?[/p][/quote]Yeah, she is really mean. But this isnt the first time shes done something like this, look at what she tried to do to the polo club a couple of years back. Apparently since the old Earl died, shes kicked out most of her tenants in Sapperton and refuses to do any building work on the poor people who still live in one of her houses, taken back land from farmers, and is now flogging off historical estate houses. Leesehoes i think tis name is. Shes seems to be a nightmare. Glad shes not my stepmum. But i dont agree with what you said about the Earl. Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done? So dont have a go at the person who cant do a thing about it, he works his TAIL off for this town, and you always see a smile on his face and he'd always help if he could. I expect he'll be doing his best, so dont go casting mean thoughts on a man who is nothing but kind and generous and lovely to everyone. (And by the way Im writing this because hes too much of a gent to stick up for himself, so people like me do. Wish more would and all. The 'dowager' is the mean one - not him.[/p][/quote][quote][p][bold]Poker.Miss.Alice[/bold] wrote: Its common knowledge she hates him and refuses to talk to him, so why do you think she'd listen to him now? As for a cosy idea of tea & biscuits, apparently thats almost funny to think of them doing that. Can you imagine him wanting to be in the same room as her after all shes supposed to have done?[/quote] Ah, well, you see, I've never heard of this Dowager Countess woman before, nor any of these other dreadful things she's done in the past, nor was I aware of the sour relationship between them. I simply approached the situation using the rationale of a sane human being and surmised what should happen next. Just what does this woman hope to achieve by being so crazy all the time? andrew.carpenter
  • Score: 6

10:07pm Sat 19 Oct 13

yarm says...

I would say its as all the situation cannot get enough .......
I do not know if a rent is involved but feel sure this is what is in mind , more money for rent and they will be using it again maybe we can wait and see
I would say its as all the situation cannot get enough ....... I do not know if a rent is involved but feel sure this is what is in mind , more money for rent and they will be using it again maybe we can wait and see yarm
  • Score: 1

10:25pm Sat 19 Oct 13

yarm says...

As per the other situations around Cirencester where this person is involved .
The unpleasant reasoning behind this is to get some/ more finance when the lease is renewed,
A higher payment ,as commented in previous letters, money is the main motive I feel , we will see
We can all now be aware how difficult it is for the present Earl with this situation he finds himself in, is beyond his control.
As per the other situations around Cirencester where this person is involved . The unpleasant reasoning behind this is to get some/ more finance when the lease is renewed, A higher payment ,as commented in previous letters, money is the main motive I feel , we will see We can all now be aware how difficult it is for the present Earl with this situation he finds himself in, is beyond his control. yarm
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Sat 19 Oct 13

yarm says...

As per the other situations around Cirencester where this person is involved .
The unpleasant reasoning behind this is to get some/ more finance when the lease is renewed,
A higher payment ,as commented in previous letters, money is the main motive I feel , we will see
We can all now be aware how difficult it is for the present Earl with this situation he finds himself in, is beyond his control.
As per the other situations around Cirencester where this person is involved . The unpleasant reasoning behind this is to get some/ more finance when the lease is renewed, A higher payment ,as commented in previous letters, money is the main motive I feel , we will see We can all now be aware how difficult it is for the present Earl with this situation he finds himself in, is beyond his control. yarm
  • Score: 2

11:34pm Sat 19 Oct 13

MR DOBBY says...

DOES THIS MEAN THE STAFF WILL BE PARKING IN ALL SPACES FOR PATIENTS AND VISITORS INSTEAD OF ONLY HALF.
DOES THIS MEAN THE STAFF WILL BE PARKING IN ALL SPACES FOR PATIENTS AND VISITORS INSTEAD OF ONLY HALF. MR DOBBY
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Mon 21 Oct 13

Dobunna says...

No one with a head full of marbles would risk alienating the medical profession - one might end up the wrong end of a scalpel in A&E. This elderly old widow has spent decades alienating her husband's family and, we are told, many of the neighbours in her village. What she doesn't need is money. What she probably needs is help, but she's queered that pitch fairly comprehensively.
No one with a head full of marbles would risk alienating the medical profession - one might end up the wrong end of a scalpel in A&E. This elderly old widow has spent decades alienating her husband's family and, we are told, many of the neighbours in her village. What she doesn't need is money. What she probably needs is help, but she's queered that pitch fairly comprehensively. Dobunna
  • Score: 3

8:42am Tue 22 Oct 13

Iansky says...

How sad that she feels the need to penalise the very people who save lives and render a vital service to the community, this will surely lead to the NHS reviewing the future of our hospital if not resolved.

I suspect however that a lady owing the estate she does has a management team looking after all aspects of the estate, rents, properties etc and they are probably the proverbial bean counters who have no conscience or scruples and see money rather than essential services.

Shame on all those involved in this action and others that impact so many of the tenant in her properties.
How sad that she feels the need to penalise the very people who save lives and render a vital service to the community, this will surely lead to the NHS reviewing the future of our hospital if not resolved. I suspect however that a lady owing the estate she does has a management team looking after all aspects of the estate, rents, properties etc and they are probably the proverbial bean counters who have no conscience or scruples and see money rather than essential services. Shame on all those involved in this action and others that impact so many of the tenant in her properties. Iansky
  • Score: 0

10:46am Tue 22 Oct 13

Jessica Rabbit says...

I would just the move the cones and barrier and park there! What is she going to do? I can't believe she has spies 24/7? What a very mean Lady.
I would just the move the cones and barrier and park there! What is she going to do? I can't believe she has spies 24/7? What a very mean Lady. Jessica Rabbit
  • Score: 3

11:48am Tue 22 Oct 13

Harry_Collier says...

Jessica Rabbit wrote:
I would just the move the cones and barrier and park there! What is she going to do? I can't believe she has spies 24/7? What a very mean Lady.
I agree. Carry on parking. I have no patience with idle aristocrats who try to reap where they have never sown. I bet this lady has never done a stroke of work in her entire life. Park on, and challenge her to do something about this use of "her" land.
[quote][p][bold]Jessica Rabbit[/bold] wrote: I would just the move the cones and barrier and park there! What is she going to do? I can't believe she has spies 24/7? What a very mean Lady.[/p][/quote]I agree. Carry on parking. I have no patience with idle aristocrats who try to reap where they have never sown. I bet this lady has never done a stroke of work in her entire life. Park on, and challenge her to do something about this use of "her" land. Harry_Collier
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Flossy4 says...

I am not surprised by this news!
I was evicted with 11 DAYS NOTICE from one of her houses in Sapperton. I am a respectable sixty-four year old retired prep. school teacher and had paid six months in advance when taking up the tenancy. I had complained with letters and emails, the latter it was claimed they never received, about the appalling state of the property. I spent time and money trying to make the architecturally beautiful 17C house look better but the work on the house was a 'one-way street'. I felt that tricks and games were being played with me and she really seemed to believe that I couldn't see through them.
On being advised by local inhabitants to contact Lord Bathurst as he would be sympathetic, I could not have met with a more different response !
Both he and his estate office could not have been kinder and I was offered a house on their estate to go to if I needed one. People who have written unfounded comments about Lord Bathurst need to realise that his estate is completely separate and that he is as helpless as you or I to do anything about it .
HE GIVES TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY_SHE TAKES!!
You should be able to read my fuller story about this in Thursdays edition.
I am not surprised by this news! I was evicted with 11 DAYS NOTICE from one of her houses in Sapperton. I am a respectable sixty-four year old retired prep. school teacher and had paid six months in advance when taking up the tenancy. I had complained with letters and emails, the latter it was claimed they never received, about the appalling state of the property. I spent time and money trying to make the architecturally beautiful 17C house look better but the work on the house was a 'one-way street'. I felt that tricks and games were being played with me and she really seemed to believe that I couldn't see through them. On being advised by local inhabitants to contact Lord Bathurst as he would be sympathetic, I could not have met with a more different response ! Both he and his estate office could not have been kinder and I was offered a house on their estate to go to if I needed one. People who have written unfounded comments about Lord Bathurst need to realise that his estate is completely separate and that he is as helpless as you or I to do anything about it . HE GIVES TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY_SHE TAKES!! You should be able to read my fuller story about this in Thursdays edition. Flossy4
  • Score: 12

4:31pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Flossy4 says...

I am not surprised by this news!
I was evicted with 11 DAYS NOTICE from one of her houses in Sapperton. I am a respectable sixty-four year old retired prep. school teacher and had paid six months in advance when taking up the tenancy. I had complained with letters and emails, the latter it was claimed they never received, about the appalling state of the property. I spent time and money trying to make the architecturally beautiful 17C house look better but the work on the house was a 'one-way street'. I felt that tricks and games were being played with me and she really seemed to believe that I couldn't see through them.
On being advised by local inhabitants to contact Lord Bathurst as he would be sympathetic, I could not have met with a more different response !
Both he and his estate office could not have been kinder and I was offered a house on their estate to go to if I needed one. People who have written unfounded comments about Lord Bathurst need to realise that his estate is completely separate and that he is as helpless as you or I to do anything about it .
HE GIVES TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY_SHE TAKES!!
You should be able to read my fuller story about this in Thursdays edition.
I am not surprised by this news! I was evicted with 11 DAYS NOTICE from one of her houses in Sapperton. I am a respectable sixty-four year old retired prep. school teacher and had paid six months in advance when taking up the tenancy. I had complained with letters and emails, the latter it was claimed they never received, about the appalling state of the property. I spent time and money trying to make the architecturally beautiful 17C house look better but the work on the house was a 'one-way street'. I felt that tricks and games were being played with me and she really seemed to believe that I couldn't see through them. On being advised by local inhabitants to contact Lord Bathurst as he would be sympathetic, I could not have met with a more different response ! Both he and his estate office could not have been kinder and I was offered a house on their estate to go to if I needed one. People who have written unfounded comments about Lord Bathurst need to realise that his estate is completely separate and that he is as helpless as you or I to do anything about it . HE GIVES TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY_SHE TAKES!! You should be able to read my fuller story about this in Thursdays edition. Flossy4
  • Score: 4

9:17pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Not Postman Pat says...

So medical professionals are referred to as 'hard working' do I take it that anybody who isn't doesn't work hard?
Are we really to believe that the nurse worries where her car is whilst she's at work? What absolute drivel.
Many people don't have the benefit of parking right outside their place of work, it's an inconvenience when you can't get over it and move on.
So medical professionals are referred to as 'hard working' do I take it that anybody who isn't doesn't work hard? Are we really to believe that the nurse worries where her car is whilst she's at work? What absolute drivel. Many people don't have the benefit of parking right outside their place of work, it's an inconvenience when you can't get over it and move on. Not Postman Pat
  • Score: -10

11:50pm Tue 22 Oct 13

Brotherbig1984 says...

No idiot they work shifts so I expect they don't want to get attacked in a wooded unlit area because they have to walk alone to their cars. They work bloody hard for probably half you earn and you know what, if that old woman needed medical care, I know there is not a worker in that hospital who would deny her. Have you heard any nurses complain about parking? I ain't... only worried ciren folk who panic they won't get a space when they go in to get their tongues scraped. Pipe down
No idiot they work shifts so I expect they don't want to get attacked in a wooded unlit area because they have to walk alone to their cars. They work bloody hard for probably half you earn and you know what, if that old woman needed medical care, I know there is not a worker in that hospital who would deny her. Have you heard any nurses complain about parking? I ain't... only worried ciren folk who panic they won't get a space when they go in to get their tongues scraped. Pipe down Brotherbig1984
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Wed 23 Oct 13

MR DOBBY says...

BROTHERBIG1984 WHO DO YOU THINKYOU ARE.
ALOT OF US WORK SHIFT WORK AND HAVE TO PAY TO PARK.
THEY PARK IN VISITORS SPACES HALF THE TIME ANY WAY.
BROTHERBIG1984 WHO DO YOU THINKYOU ARE. ALOT OF US WORK SHIFT WORK AND HAVE TO PAY TO PARK. THEY PARK IN VISITORS SPACES HALF THE TIME ANY WAY. MR DOBBY
  • Score: -3

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