THE roads around a Sleaford business park are becoming choked up with staff cars.
The Point in Sleaford (off East Road, behind Kirks Vets) was chosen as the headquarters for both the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust because of its central location to serve the county. It also hosts the local LPFT Talking Therapies service for patients in the Sleaford area for the same reason.
But associated car parks have become overwhelmed by the number of staff regularly attending the health offices and other businesses by car, choking the narrow access roads. Cars are parked on pavements and stretch back to the roundabout, potentially causing a hazard for emergency services while going against messages of healthier, greener options of travel promoted by the health service.
John Goldthorpe, of Hodgson Elkington, agents for the site’s owners, said the issue will be raised at the forthcoming owners and occupiers meeting and options for cutting back the number of cars on site will be looked at: “We have parking spaces allocated to each individual office. There is no space to create more so it is a matter of managing what we have got.”
In a joint statement both health trusts said they encourage staff to car share, but because of the community nature of their services, some travelling is unavoidable.
A spokesman said: “Many of our staff live some distance from the area and whilst we encourage cycling or walking to work, this is not always a viable option. Shower facilities are provided in both trust headquarters for those who would like to cycle or walk. Both trusts have taken positive steps in addressing the parking provision for staff and LPFT lease an additional 28 parking spaces at a local business, whilst LCHS is also in discussions for additional spaces to help alleviate any potential congestion problems.”
Significant investment is also being made in computers and equipment for staff to work remotely and take part in meetings at sites across the county using video and tele-conferencing, hot desking and WiFi.
There is dedicated parking for patients outside relevant units and access to disabled spaces for car users with blue badges on display.