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Consultation over plans for parking charges near New Cross Hospital

New Cross Hospital
Image caption The pay and display would operate from 07:00 to 20:00 to reflect New Cross Hospital's main operational hours, City of Wolverhampton Council said

People living near a hospital are to be consulted on plans to pay to park to ease pressures on roads.

Residents near New Cross Hospital were struggling over parking issues, City of Wolverhampton Council said.

It has proposed Heath Town residents and businesses would pay £20 per year for spaces under a permit system.

At least 85% of people responding to a questionnaire must back a residents parking scheme for it to come into force, the council said.

Pay and display parking, which permit holders could use without charge, would also be added as part of the initiative. This would be free to the public for 15 minutes and cost £1 for an hour and £4 for four hours.

Blue badge holders would have no charge with a maximum stay of three hours, the authority said.

It said residents and businesses would receive a letter and at least 60% must respond for the scheme to be introduced.

The pay and display would operate daily from 07:00 to 20:00 to reflect the main operational hours of the hospital, the council said.

Cabinet member for city environment, Steve Evans, said: "Residents are struggling because they can't find somewhere to park.

"Buses are struggling to get through and this is the situation that we've got to try to manage."

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