Well, no. Not if you want to drive there:
Just 40 spaces have been included in the plans, following lobbying by the Croydon Council's previous chief exec, despite an estimated 3,000 visitors a week.Whoops! And that doesn't includes staff parking, because there isn't any of that:
At the moment, the 40 spaces included in the planning permission will be reserved for patients and ambulances – staff will have to park elsewhere in the town during their shifts.So, if you work unsociable shifts and can’t therefore depend on public transport, too bad!
Tarsem Flora, a local architect and the group's chairman, said: "We are looking at double the number of visitors to the hospital but no parking provision. It will be a nightmare."Is it idiocy? It's an existential question, as @patently observed:
But no. It’s just the dogma of the ‘save the earth!’ brigade once more:
In a letter seen by the Advertiser, the then chief executive of Croydon Council, Jon Rouse, argued Purley had a high "public transport accessibility level" which meant planning policy "encouraged a reduction in onsite parking provision". He also said the town's public car parks could cater for the hospital's visitors.And the staff? Oh, but why would you care?
However, Purley's residents are concerned the number of people coming to use the new hospital will be far higher than the number using the old. They fear the lack of spaces will result in irresponsible and dangerous parking throughout the town.Ain't ‘sustainable policies’ grand?