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Union 'horrified' as hospitals focus on parking controls

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A healthcare union says it is "absolutely horrified" at the possibility of new systems to control parking being installed at the hospital car parks in Barrow, Kendal and Lancaster.

Unite says enforcing parking charges by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras would be a "tax on the ill" that would penalise staff and lead to more overspill parking in residential areas.

Lancaster hosptal car park

The Morecambe Bay trust says it is considering building a multi-storey car park at Lancaster, where the infirmary serves a wide area of south Cumbria, and putting an extra level on the car park at the Furness General in Barrow, and better control of parking income would help pay for this.

But the trade union Unite says the changes would leave staff, patients and visitors more out of pocket, and the fear of getting a ticket would drive people to park in the nearby streets.