PLANS are driving forward to increase car parking for Tameside General Hospital.
Two new car parks are on course for completion this year, offering around 260 additional places.
And there are plans in the pipeline for two further sites that would offer a further 112 parking places.
It was back in March 2017 that the Tameside Council’s Strategic Planning and Monitoring Panel revealed plans to create around 500 car parking spaces in and around the hospital.
They identified new car parking sites that would increase car parking provision to the hospital and Stamford Park.
The report stated the formation of new car parks would “help to alleviate existing issues with on-street parking in the surrounding residential side streets”.
It added the cost of creating the five car parks would be £950,000, but it would pay for itself in around two years, after which it would generate around £440,000 annually.
The report added agreement was still needed with the hospital trust regarding the sharing of costs and proceeds of investment.
Tameside Council has just confirmed there are currently approved plans for two new car parks.
The first site – with 230 spaces – is at Darnton Road on the opposite side of the boating lake to the existing car park and is due to open around June 2018.
The second site – with approximately 30 spaces – is on Mellor Road with access via Mossley Road and is due to open around September 2018.
Planning approvals and licence agreements are being pursued for two further sites, both on Mellor Road, to provide around a further 112 spaces.
A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “Since Strategic Planning and Monitoring Panel meeting in March 2017 discussed increasing the car parking around Tameside Hospital, our engineers have surveyed several sites and have received planning permission to commence works on land close to Stamford Park Boating Lake and hope to commence works in the near future.”