Infirmary parking back on agenda

THE ISSUE of a lack of parking space around Arbroath Infirmary was once again discussed by councillors on Tuesday.

Members of the infrastructure services committee agreed to instruct the head of roads to enter a detailed dialogue with NHS Tayside so more parking can become available to both patients and staff.

It is hoped a further update can be brought before the committee after the summer to inform councillors on what they believe will solve the parking chaos.

Proposals that could be looked into to reduce the amount of traffic in the area include locating some out-patient services to other nearby facilities in Arbroath, including the Little Cairnie Hospital.

Another plan could include relocating pool cars used by social care officers being kept at a site away from the infirmary to free up more space.

However, using Common Good land next to the infirmary could still be an option with the council estimating it would cost £75,000 to create a brand new car park.

It was also proposed that cash from Arbroath’s Common Good fund could be used to pay for such a car park.

The director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson, said in his report: “Consideration has been given to alternative travel modes and possible changes to some operational functions within the infirmary which may help relieve the staff/operational parking requirements.

“However, there is still a requirement to consider the provision of additional parking facilities. This report sets out a number of possible options to be considered by this committee for the procurement of additional parking within the infirmary grounds or on land adjacent.

“Preferred options may be discussed further in detail with NHS Tayside and results reported to committee at a later date.”