John Wright Posted March 6, 2015 Share Posted March 6, 2015 At the moment the tax payer subsidises or completely pays for public transport, "free car parking" and lots of other things. I agree health care ( including dentistry and prescriptions ) and education, even to degree level, should be free at point of delivery but when it comes to ancillary services, such as parking at hospitals, or airports, I don't understand why we think that they should be free and that we should all pay for them rather than users pay. We expect to pay for Sky TV, gas, electricity, phone etc on user pays and amount used or subscribed for basis. I don't see the difference with water, sewage, waste disposal, car parking. I can see the point in subsidising certain services to encourage use, transport, as an example, to keep cars off the road to assist congestion and environmental issues. I had an appointment at Nobles today, at fracture clinic, the main car park, and A&E carpark was full, the roads nearby were parked on, the Ward 20 carpark, etc were also full with people circling and waiting. I don't know how many cars in the car park are staff, or town workers blagging it, and my recovery is now such that I can walk. It must be frustrating for those with limited mobility and some roadways were so constricted a fire engine couldn't get through. I suggest that at Nobles there needs to be a staff carpark, around the back, with staff charged an economic fee, deducted from wages, and given tokens or an electronic car tag, (possibly earnings related) and that on road parking is banned and cars are removed and that patient parking and visitor parking is charged for with tickets validated or tokens or barcoded vouchers handed out to patients after clinic attendance. The town centre worker day parkers should be charged a high day rate that stops them using the hospital park and town centre parking charges should be increased as well. In exchange there should be proper park and ride facilities with more frequent commuter buses serving them and the parking fees should be used to subsidise those, and better public transport and amortise the car park construction costs. The private sector ( such as Tesco or Shoprite ) will need to be brought on board to stop their car parks being swamped, but barriers and charges and tokens if you spend more than a certain amount could deal with that. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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