Construtive meeting held to discuss Ysbyty Gwynedd parking concerns

01/08/2016

 Plaid Cymru Arfon MP Hywel Williams and Pentir Councillor John Wyn Williams have met with Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital Director, Meinir Williams to discuss a way forward to address local concerns about parking provision at the hospital. 

Following a recent site visit by Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM concerns were raised by residents of Coed y Maes Penrhosgarnedd that a chronic lack of parking spaces at Ysbyty Gwynedd meant that some hospital staff and visitors were using neighbouring residential streets.

Local Gwynedd Councillor for the area, John Wyn Williams has been in discussion with local residents and hospital management to discuss the problem of parking for the wider area of his Ward, Pentir, for a number of years.

Local residents have long-campaigned for improved parking provision at the hospital, with parking problems at their worst during the week. Amongst the ideas aired at the meeting held this week with Hywel Williams MP, Cllr John Wyn Williams and Pentir Community Council Chair, Dafydd Jones Morris was a park and ride bus service to ferry outpatients to and from the hospital and a multi-storey car park.

Hywel Williams MP said,

“We had a constructive meeting with the Health Board to discuss what has become a pressing concern for both local people living in Penrhosgarnedd and those who regularly frequent the hospital.

“Local people have real concerns about parking, with many residential streets in Penrhosgarnedd filling up with cars whose owners are either working or visiting Ysbyty Gwynedd.

I was also particularly concerned to hear of patients unable to park at the hospital because their space had been taken by those leaving their cars and catching the bus into Bangor. This is unacceptable and I was pleased to hear the Health Board is trying to clamp down on this practice.

I was pleased at the open minded approach with which BCUHB dealt with our concerns. We discussed a number of creative solutions including the possibility of a park and ride scheme.  This will certainly require some investment from the government in Cardiff. But the need is pressing.

I look forward to working closely with both the Health Authority and the local community to try and resolve this pressing issue,” 

Gwynedd Councillor John Wyn Williams said,

“Locally there have been concerns regarding the higher volume of traffic and vehicles moving in and out of the area. The issue of local people not being able to park on their own streets, near their own homes is reaching crisis point, so this positive meeting with the hospital director this week is a positive step in the right direction.”

“We need to look collectively at the whole issue, working as one to discuss with the local community, the local authority, the Welsh Government, the Government at Westminster, the health board plus with staff, patients, visitors and the wider general public.”

“There are creative solutions available to us to address some of the issues and to alleviate the pressure on roads, cul-de-sacs and estates surrounding Ysbyty Gwynedd.”