BREAKING: KGH to get two-storey car park
KGH bosses say they are looking to build a second storey to a car park at the hospital.
Car Park B is the subject of a planning application sent to Kettering Council, with details released today (Friday).
A steel storey will be erected over the current car park with a Tarmac decking.
The move will almost double the number of spaces available in that particular car park, from 227 to 451.
Car parking has been the subject of much public frustration at the hospital, with patients and relatives often caught in queues and nearby residents frustrated by vehicles parking inconsiderately.
A number of measures have been put in place in recent years to try to stop people parking on nearby roads and on the grass verges outside the hospital.
A planning statement on Kettering Council’s website said: “A very high proportion of staff, patients and visitors travel to the hospital site by car.
“The trust recognises that it may be difficult to achieve significant changes for many patients and their visitors.
“The trust is therefore looking to maximise parking, both short term/drop and go, as well as longer term parking.
“Parking facilities on the site are carefully managed but the existing capacity is constantly overwhelmed, causing tailbacks that extend on to Rothwell Road.
“While this has a significant impact on visitors entering and parking it more importantly inhibits access to site for emergency vehicles.”
The hospital is expected to comment later today.