No date given as to when car park at Cirencester Hospital is set to reopen after being closed last year by Dowager Countess Bathurst

Closed car park at Cirencester Hospital

Closed car park at Cirencester Hospital

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THE reasons behind the surprise closure of the car park at Cirencester Hospital by the Dowager Countess Bathurst last autumn have still yet to be made clear.

Doctors and nurses at the hospital were left scouring the streets for parking spaces in October after the Dowager reportedly refused to renew the lease on the car park.

Less than a week after the Standard published the story, the Dowager performed a bizarre u-turn and said that the car park would reopen, with ticket machines and barriers, in the near future.

Speaking at the time, a spokesman for the Dowager said: “The car park will be reopening in the near future after renovations. It was never to be closed permanently, just taken back in hand by the Dowager to be administered properly.”

However, since October the gravel topped car park, located just metres from the hospital entrance, has remained closed with no sign of any improvement work having taken place.

The Standard approached the Dowager’s office for an update on the work but was told that no comment would be made.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which owns the hospital, confirmed that there has been no communication between the two parties as to when the car park might reopen.

In the four months since the closure, the Trust has acquired and resurfaced a replacement car park on another site at the hospital that is free for all staff to use.

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5:12pm Fri 14 Feb 14

andrew.carpenter says...

Thought that sign said "CAR PARK NOT CLOSED" and was confused.
Thought that sign said "CAR PARK NOT CLOSED" and was confused. andrew.carpenter
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9:28am Sat 15 Feb 14

Tomdog says...

Stuff the Dowager probably the old trout thinks she can make a few bob out of our hard working staff at our hospital long may the staff perform and give an excellent service for our community.
Stuff the Dowager probably the old trout thinks she can make a few bob out of our hard working staff at our hospital long may the staff perform and give an excellent service for our community. Tomdog
  • Score: 6

8:26pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

Making reference to the Dowager Countess Bathurst as an "old trout" is disrespectful.....Ho
wever making observations that the majority of the inherited upper class are as mad as a box of frogs is another matter .It does not remove the fact that cantankerous acts of illogicality can impact on those members of society that do so much for it , but get little recognition and reward ,nurses that is at Cirencester Hospital. Not even the oily statement by a "spokesman" convinces anybody of the precious act by someone who should know better and lead by example.....shame on them!
Making reference to the Dowager Countess Bathurst as an "old trout" is disrespectful.....Ho wever making observations that the majority of the inherited upper class are as mad as a box of frogs is another matter .It does not remove the fact that cantankerous acts of illogicality can impact on those members of society that do so much for it , but get little recognition and reward ,nurses that is at Cirencester Hospital. Not even the oily statement by a "spokesman" convinces anybody of the precious act by someone who should know better and lead by example.....shame on them! Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Geoff66 says...

The Dowager and her cronies are probably finalising a deal with St. James's Place to provide their staff with more parking. Can't see it being made available to hospital staff and visitors.
The Dowager and her cronies are probably finalising a deal with St. James's Place to provide their staff with more parking. Can't see it being made available to hospital staff and visitors. Geoff66
  • Score: 1

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