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Parking problems during Sheffield Children's Hospital revamp

Parking problems are anticipated at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Hospital bosses have warned there will be no parking at Sheffield Children's Hospital for a full year when the £40m development work starts on January 6.

The revamp will bring improved facilities including a new outpatients department, more modern wards and a new main reception area.

Sheffield University’s new multi-storey car park on the corner of Clarkson Street and Glossop Road, opposite the hospital, is also due for completion by the end of next year.

But the upheaval means there will be no space for people to leave their cars at the children’s hospital for around a year from January 14, with access limited to picking-up and dropping-off patients or staff.

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Free Saturday parking in Halifax to end

Parking charges in Calderdale will change - as the council start advertising a series of Traffic Regulation Orders - which include taking away free parking in Halifax on Saturdays.

A maximum charge of £3 will be enforced Monday to Friday at High Street, North Bridge, Cross Hills, King Street, Hanover Street, Victoria Street, Union Street and Prescott Street in the town. Calderdale Council say this would save people who park all day up to £2 per day.

An evening charge will now apply until 8pm, not 6pm.

A £1 charge will now be made on Saturdays at Cross Hills, Victoria Street, High Street and Mulcture Hall Road. Free parking will still be offered in all of the above four car parks on Saturdays in the six weeks leading up to Christmas.

Anger over parking charges

There's anger in Leeds at plans to charge drivers up to £70 a year for a parking permit.

Some residents are accusing the council of using them to plug a black hole in its finances.

The council says its facing unprecedented budget constraints.

We certainly don’t underestimate the part that parking has to play in the economy of our vibrant city centre, however we’ve reached a financial point where we have to do things differently.”

– Councillor Mark Dobson, speaking last month

Council says wardens urged to take 'common sense approach'

Lincolnshire County Council says its parking officers are urged to take a 'common sense approach' when issuing tickets. It follows claims from a Lincoln man that he was issued a parking ticket on his own drive for overhanging yellow lines on the road by one inch.

"Mr Wilson has appealed against his ticket, so we will be investigating this. We usually have a decision in around 14 working days. If we find Mr Wilson has been penalised in error we will of course cancel his ticket. Wardens are not paid per ticket or have any other incentives, nor are we making any profit from this service."

– Lincolnshire County Council Statement

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Lincoln man given parking ticket on his own drive

Andrew Wilson claims his van was overhanging lines by one inch Credit: Andrew Wilson

A window cleaner has accused Lincolnshire County Council of 'milking motorists for money', after being given a parking ticket on his own drive.

Andrew Wilson claims his van was sticking out by around an inch over the yellow lines at the time. The council says it's now investigating his appeal.

Parents parking near schools targeted by police

Police in Doncaster are targeting parents who park irresponsibly outside schools when they drop off or pick up their children this January.

It follows a similar operation last year, set up as a result of feedback from the public, school, councillors and local MP, Caroline Flint.

he manner of parking around schools was causing problems for people trying to get to their homes, was making roads unsafe for children to cross and stopping the flow of traffic.

This month officers will be issuing fixed penalty tickets for causing obstructions and parking illegally on zig zag lines.

We have listened to the concerns from the community and have conducted high-visibility patrols outside Doncaster schools to show the dangers to the motorists who park indiscriminately.

“We hope people realise the issues they sometimes cause and know that we will act in the future, with council colleagues, to issue tickets to keep school staff, pupils and pedestrians safe.

– Acting Sergeant Paul Setterfield, Adwick Safer Neighbourhood Team

Getting tough on parking in Lincoln

Lincoln City Council have vowed to get tough with motorists who park illegally when they take over responsibility for parking enforcement from the police in December.

An example of what wardens will be cracking down on Credit: Martin Fisher

A team of 20 strong wardens have been appointed and will have the power to hand out £50 fines. Lincoln City Council say the scheme will not make money but is instead intended to free up the streets of Lincoln and prevent congestion.

They have launched a new on line guide to help motorists brush up on the Highway Code so they avoid getting a penalty notice.

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