Parking problems continue around Claremont Hospital

Residents on Sandygate Park say they have been let down by a private hospital assurances to end disruptive parking by staff near their homes.

They are angry that roads near their homes are used as a car park by staff from the nearby Claremont Hospital.

Now people living nearby say they have had enough and want action by the police and the city council to end the long-running row, which is blighting their lives.

“A minority of staff at the hospital are behaving irresponsibly and inconsiderately,” said John Parsons who added that access to his home on Sandygate Park is often obstructed.

“The roads on Sandygate Park are very narrow and there is also a safety issue with people parking on Carsick Hill and Ivy Park Road – often partly on the pavement.”

Councillors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are supporting the residents and say they will back renewed calls for action.

Staff are not allowed to use the car parks at the hospital, on Sandygate Road. It seemed the problem had been solved when last year, in response to residents’ protests backed by councillors, the hospital arranged extra off-road parking for staff in the area.

Residents say those parking places are left empty with some staff refusing to walk even a few hundred yards and continuing to park on narrow residential roads in defiance of pleas from the hospital management.

Councillors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are determined to see action taken. It is hoped to arrange a meeting between residents and the community police officer. They also want a meeting to explain the residents’ concerns to the city council officials responsible for parking and roads.

“We were promised by the director of Claremont Hospital that staff would be encouraged to use the alternative car parking spaces but unfortunately there is a group of staff who have deliberately ignored those requests,” said Councillor Murphy.

“The residents are often elderly and in some cases disabled and access to their homes is important. This should not be happening, it’s unnecessary and we will work for a solution.”

Some residents have tried to talk to the drivers and explain the problems but say they are met with abuse and threats.

“If you challenge the (hospital) staff you are abused and residents have been threatened with being reported to the police for being ‘aggressive’,” said John Parsons.

“People have been accused of vandalising cars with no evidence or cause. In one appalling incident a pensioner in his mid-70s found two policemen at his door saying he had ‘behaved aggressively’ to two female members of (hospital) staff after he challenged their obstruction of his drive.”

He added: “With the help of our local councillors’ we did feel the problem had been resolved but it’s not the case. I can’t be optimistic after three years of trying, and five meetings with the director of the hospital that something will be done by the hospital.”

Boxing day football match: parking offered

A local youth sports trust has offered its car park for the Boxing day match between Hallam FC and Sheffield FC in Crosspool.

The trustees of Crosspool & District Youth Sports Trust (CDYST) have agreed that the CDYST car park on Coldwell Lane can be used by fans attending the 150th anniversary Boxing day match at Sandygate.

On Boxing day 1860, Hallam FC played Sheffield FC in the world’s first inter-club football match. The 2010 rematch at Sandygate marks the 150th anniversary of this historical game.

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Meanwhile, Hallam earned deserved point against Dinnington on Tuesday 23 November to put a stop to their run of seven straight defeats in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. The match finished 1-1, with Neil Longhurst equalising for the Countrymen in the 64th minute.

Two matches since then have been postponed due to the weather, with the game against Liversedge rearranged for Tuesday 18 January. The Countrymen’s next outing is away at Tadcaster Albion this Tuesday night (14 December), kick off 7:45pm.

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Free parking for Sheffield shoppers this Christmas

Crosspool residents will be able to park in town for free in the run up to Christmas.

From 27 November until 25 December shoppers will be able to park for free in allocated Sheffield City Council car parks and on street parking bays in town from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays and from 3pm on Wednesdays.

The scheme will also include free parking from 9am on Christmas eve.

More information on the council website

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Sheffield town hall: there's free parking for Sheffield shoppers this Christmas