In a recent letter the chairman, on behalf of the county council, has asked the Chief Executive of the Harrogate Hospital Trust to cancel hospital parking charges for front line staff for the duration of the Covid outbreak.
This initiative started as a proposal from the Liberal Democrat Group to North Yorkshire County Council last July but was delayed by a Conservative amendment which removed all reference to free parking.
The hospital has been running a scheme where it asks for the car parking fee to paid to the hospital charity. They have also been operating a scheme that has been unfair to local residents, who pay for residents parking. That’s a scheme where a note is put in the window of a car saying that they work at Harrogate Hospital.
Councillor Geoff Webber, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the County Council, said:
I am delighted that the council supported this motion and only sorry that the Conservative amendment – moved by Councillor Richard Cooper – delayed any action by over 5 months.
Many hospital staff put their lives at risk for the community every working day and to charge them over £50 per month to park on site at the hospital, particularly when we are all discouraged from using public transport, is disgraceful.
The cancellation of parking charges for staff would be a small gesture to show the gratitude of the management and the community.