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Purley hospital plan needs more parking spaces, campaigners say

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PURLEY hospital campaigners are calling on bosses overseeing its makeover to create more on-site parking.

Despite a predicted boost of 25,000 to 60,000 appointments being able to be handled following the £11.1 million redevelopment, no plans to increase parking have been made.

Purley War Memorial Hospital currently plans to have 39 spaces on-site, sparking a further project to find around an additional £750,000 to fund the creation of up to 100 spaces.

Leading the project is top architect and Purley and Woodcote Residents' Association chairman Tarsem Flora, who has drawn up the plans and is set to submit them to Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

Although the £11.1 million has already been allocated, he is confident the project can find funding, from the wider community.

He said: "There is no space within the existing fabric of the hospital to accommodate the amount of cars that are likely needed to park there.

"It is therefore imperative that a reasonable solution is found to overcome this shortfall.

"This hospital covers a large catchment area which, besides Purley, will include Coulsdon, Kenley, Sanderstead, Whyteleafe and indeed areas further afield.

"The current arrangements are therefore inadequate for the facility they will be providing and we hope they will give some support.

"They can't find it from the current pot of funding so we will have to fund it from another source.

"We are very pleased this is happening at last but the hospital must have this parking in order to realise its full potential."

Mr Flora is reluctant to reveal detailed plans until after a meeting with the health trust, but he said it involves a two-deck structure at the rear of the site.

Purley hospital plan needs more parking spaces, campaigners say


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