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I WISH to respond to the article "Penny pinchers" (Gazette, 06.06.16).
If you have tried to park at James Cook hospital during busy times I think you will fully understand why I felt obliged to comment on this article. The councils and Government are not listening to the people. I have complained in the past regarding the problem we have with more and more people being encouraged to move into the area by building more and more houses. This has now led to the problems we are experiencing today with more people, more cars and no improvement in the infrastructure to ease problems such as parking and road use.
My daughter works at James Cook hospital and her and her colleagues, who provide an excellent public service, are finding it harder and harder to find places to park, places that they have already paid for, some attending work over an hour | Cars early so they can find a space to park.
I agree that people are very selfish when it comes to parking, especially near hospitals and schools, but I find it unacceptable for them all to be branded penny pinchers as most of them are fed-up with the daily challenge of finding a space to park at the hospital to start what is probably a stressful 12-hour shift.
As usual the problems that the local and central Government are creating by allowing the building of these new estates without a thought of how to deal with other issues such as roads, schools and hospitals are now passing the blame on to the public.
Let's hope that if we leave the EU that the reported PS350m a week that we send to Brussels will be spent in the public sector to improve schools, hospitals and transport as these are the things that matter most to people.
STEVE ARNOLD, Guisborough REGARDING the issue of James Cook University Hospital staff and visitors parking their vehicles in Scholars Rise and Beechwood Estate, in my opinion penny pinching is not the reason why this problem has arisen.
I think the cause of the problem is the lack of adequate parking spaces in the hospital grounds for both staff and visitors. In fact, it could be described as a sick joke, a state-of-the-art hospital with its arteries blocked. I believe staff have parking fees deducted from their salaries which tells me that staff car parks are over-subscribed.
As a regular visitor to the hospital, I have given up on attempting to access the car parks, opting for the less stressful public transport. A main topic of conversation in waiting rooms between both staff and patient is the problem with parking. It is a timebomb ticking away and Mayor Dave Budd and his Cabinet colleagues should make sorting this chaos out their number one priority before needless fatalities occur.
JAMES FLYNN, Acklam, Middlesbrough
| Cars parked in the new Scholars Rise estate near Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital