Work begins to extend Vic parking spaces

Car parking has long been a problem at Victoria Hospital
Car parking has long been a problem at Victoria Hospital

WORK has begun to create an additional 108 car parking spaces at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital.

The scheme to extend car park ‘H’ began on November 5 and is expected to be completed in January.

Brian Gillespie, head of estates, explained: “Car park ‘H’ is the car park on the new road leading to the accident and emergency department.

“The work will bring together three car parks in total and once it’s completed it will assist in getting rid of any problems we may still have both from a patient and staff point of view.”

This, the latest in a series of developments to increase the site’s parking capacity, comes after drivers caused chaos in nearby streets when the hospital’s new wing opened blocking driveways, pavements and parking on grass verges.

Mr Gillespie said that once the car park extension is complete, a review of the current car parking provision will be carried out.

Dave Stewart, chairman of the operational divisonal committee, said at yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting: “I would certainly like to see the review done and at the end of it the car parks at Lauder Road be reserved exclusively for patients and visitors.

“I hope the effect that comes about would further improve parking in Yetholm Way.

“In the beginning we had extremely bad parking by some people coming to the site.

“It’s subsequently improved.

“I think if we reconfigure the car parks in that manner there should be no need for people to park in Yetholm Way at all. To be fair to residents there they have been very patient and some have been very helpful.”