Dowager Countess Bathurst gives progress update on car park at Cirencester Hospital

Dowager Countess Bathurst gives progress update on car park at Cirencester Hospital

Dowager Countess Bathurst gives progress update on car park at Cirencester Hospital

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RED tape and rigorous planning protocols are getting in the way of improvement work starting in the closed car park at Cirencester Hospital, according to the Dowager Countess Bathurst.

The car park, which was shut without warning by the Dowager in October, was expected to reopen in the following weeks with new ticket barriers and payment machines.

However, in the four months since its closure, the gravel topped car park, located just metres from the hospital entrance, has remained closed with no sign of improvement work having taken place.

Speaking this week, the Dowager said: “Further to your article published on Thursday, February 13 regarding my car park in Cirencester, I wish to clarify our position,” she said.

“Works have been stalled on the car park due to the fact that, after a meeting with Cotswold District Council, it was discovered that we need to have planning consent as we wish to level and re-surface the car park and install kerbing, barriers and pay machines.”

She also said that, during this time, it was discovered that permission for any work would need to be granted by English Heritage as the car park was protected by ancient monument restrictions.

Plans are now being drawn up by the Dowager’s team ready to be submitted to CDC’s planning team for approval.

“All this takes time and while we have every good intention to make a decent, safe and proper car park, we have to go through the proper channels to do so,” she added.

Doctors and nurses at the hospitals were left with nowhere to park in October after the Dowager reportedly refused to renew the lease on the car park.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has since built a new car park at the hospital that remains free for all staff to use.

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3:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

yarm says...

Just one important point , who owns the road to the hospital ?
Is it public or is it hospital property ?
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I would think the hospital owns the right of way after all these years and should declare it their property . then it would not be a right of way for this car park, to open .
Just one important point , who owns the road to the hospital ? Is it public or is it hospital property ? . I would think the hospital owns the right of way after all these years and should declare it their property . then it would not be a right of way for this car park, to open . yarm
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4:12pm Tue 4 Mar 14

srwilson@talktalk.net says...

Let's hope that nobody uses the car park.
Let's hope that nobody uses the car park. srwilson@talktalk.net
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10:03pm Wed 5 Mar 14

andysplace says...

I think the Dowager should apologise to the hospital for closing the car park without warning in October causing inconvienience and unecessary stress to hospital staff.
Although planning permissiopn takes time a little more fore thought , planning and consultation would have gone along way to preventing the ill feeling that has been caused by the closure of this car park..
I think the Dowager should apologise to the hospital for closing the car park without warning in October causing inconvienience and unecessary stress to hospital staff. Although planning permissiopn takes time a little more fore thought , planning and consultation would have gone along way to preventing the ill feeling that has been caused by the closure of this car park.. andysplace
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