14 Thursday May 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Hospital car parking Readers respond to last week’s article on whether Hagley Park’s Hospital Corner could be used to temporary alleviate the Christchurch Hospital car parking crisis Glenis Haley – For many years now, I have been at a loss to understand why Hagley Park has not been mooted as a car park for patients and visitors at the Christchurch Hospital. Obviously the ‘powers that be’ have never been either a patient, especially on an outpatient basis, or a visitor to very sick friends or relatives. My husband and I have, unfortunately, been regular outpatients attending Christchurch Hospital over the past years and parking our vehicle has become a real nightmare, especially since the earthquakes and the new construction on the site. Recently, we have been using the Park and Ride car park in Deans Ave, but it is not always satisfactory for us elderly people, especially when it is raining and the puddles in the car park are very deep and the surface is definitely not fit for purpose. The wait for the shuttle (at both ends) is not convenient for the sick and elderly either. I feel very passionate about the use of part of Hagley Park opposite the hospital for parking, even if it is only on a temporary basis until enough permanent parks can be supplied. A decision on this proposal is required urgently especially as winter is upon us and the problem seems to be getting worse. Jenny Williams – Hagley Park should absolutely not be used for temporary hospital parking. Already the park has been eroded for the new hospital building. Hagley Park should be sacrosanct and not gradually eaten away, whether it is for a permanent or temporary car park. There is plenty of room in the old sale yards. In addition, many trees in that area of the park were lost following the earthquake, we can’t afford to lose more due to compaction over their root area that is likely to be caused by cars. Shirley Coffey – I think we should be building a new multi-storied car park on Hagley Park. It should be plant covered and have a roof top garden that is open to all to use. This would also help to cover parking for sports at the park. Don’t just do a temporary fix build something that we can all enjoy for its plant covered beauty and show us the way some of the big cities in this world can make beautiful green spaces from what would be an ugly building. Phyllis Parker – I think Hagley Park should be used for temporary parking. We need a safe place for nursing staff to park and relieve the stress of finding a park to visit loved ones. It can be returned to its park setting in the future. Since the earthquakes we as Cantabrians are used to compromises. Just do it. Murray Spackman – If there is a possibility that a temporary arrangement could be arrived at that allows car parking closer to the hospital with say 120min limits to ensure that it is available for short-term visiting I believe it would be very beneficial for Christchurch while current rebuilding continues. This is currently a major issue for hospital visitors that would take some heat off the current car park on Deans Ave and would need to be available for three years at least until the current rebuild is finished. Well done for bringing this up for discussion. Shona Tooley – As an oncology patient I find that the parking is shocking at the hospital. We would love to see Hagley used for parking. Bad enough having to go there for appointments, finding a car park adds to the stress. Yes, yes, yes, we need the park. Mary Wynn-Williams – Yes I have wondered why no one has mentioned this before. It would be a brilliant temporary solution to the hospital parking problem. Diane Brenchley – No way . . . Hagley Park was a gift to the people of Christchurch for recreation not car parking. Yes I’ve had to park miles away to use the hospital too but still rather do that than start carving up our treasured park. Peggy Pickworth – Once they start on Hagley Park there will be no stopping them. Poor town planning is what has caused the problem. Why do we have to have a sport centre built so near the hospital. Ideal area for a car park. Steph Thorpe – I think if there is going to be temp carpark it needs to be for staff only and they need a pass, otherwise it will just be full of anyone working in the city that have to park further away at the moment (and I am not staff, just saying). Mike Smith – We have so much flat property land available. Make this a priority and allocate existing property land to it. Get your town planning right and it will be fine. Once converted from a park, there will be no going back . . . ever. Emma Reeves – Temporary parking was used in Hagley Park following the February 22, 2011, earthquake its unfortunate this could not remain as it was ideal. There is a huge area near the horticulture centre towards Deans Ave that is hiding behind the trees . . . there are huge dirt piles . . . would be ideal place for some parking and no one would really be able to see it from the road. Parking is definitely a huge issue for staff looking after your loved ones but also for relatives and patients who should not have to stress about finding a car park to visit their loved ones or attend appointments! This stressful issue needs sorting out. Staff do the best they can with either biking or taking the bus or like myself and park and do a 20min walk, but it’s less than ideal for shift workers. Cherry Cornelius – Yes for God’s sake yes, the only thing surprising about asking if it’s a good option is that it hadn’t been done years ago. Enough bloody talking and build a decent car park in Hagley Park. We need it desperately. Sarah Williams – I say yes. To many, Wilson car parking is a joke. Staff at Christchurch Hospital need this, and surveillance. How big is Hagley Park and, what if the have to give up some land for a “short time,” its land, do what’s right. Bernsa Laurie – Yes! There is much more open red zone land that we could use as parks and sports grounds that have much better accessibility and parking. If you did it as a trade – one green area for another, that could work. Jill Allott – No. Hagley park needs to stay as a people park – forever! No temporary car parks there ever. For goodness sake . . . most of the rest of the old Christchurch is a car park. Never take a beautiful place and make it into a car park. Surely to goodness your planners have a modicum of planning.
The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday May 18 2017 15 Reporter Ashleigh Monk asks people going to Christchurch Hospital what they thought of the parking situation and whether using Hagley Park was a good idea. To watch the video at www.star.kiwi Bruce Matthews, retiree, Beckenham: As much as I don’t want to see it being used for vehicles and stuff, I think as a temporary measure for a couple of years, most definitely it would help a lot of people. Chris Lyons, service deli assistant, New Brighton: It would save us having to walk; [my wife] is pregnant, so it would help her . . . let’s say if she went into labour and I had to go and find a car park, and I missed the birth . . . what am I meant to do? Jenny Lodge, handyperson/ gardener, South New Brighton: It’s quite a way to walk. We’ve come in an hour early just in case we couldn’t get parked anywhere, so it would be good. John Calvert, teacher, Halswell: I think that would be a very good idea, because there are lots of people coming in and out. I mean, I’m only in for a very quick appointment, I’m coming for work and I want to be able to get in and out quickly, and the last time I was here I spent 30min finding a park. It was awful. John Groome, carpenter, Woodend: Yes, because it’s very hard trying to get a park without having to walk a couple of kilometres. Kent Myers, unemployed, Ferrymead: It depends what happens to the park. I’d like to keep the park as a park . . . but it [parking situation] is a lot harder than what I remember. Peter Lodge, handyman/ gardener, South New Brighton: It’s always a difficult one with parking and everything . . . for a big hospital, not being able to park nearby is not so easy. At least we can walk to it, but for elderly people and things like that, it’s a bit more difficult. Beris Whelan, retiree, Illam: Hagley Park is so sacrosanct for this whole city, and it must not be interfered with anymore. It would be a disaster . . . they’ll have to find other alternatives, there are plenty of places where they could have a car park. David Lloyd – Why not use the city council staff car park in Hereford St as it is close to hospital. It is a vast expanse. City council is trying to get citizens to ride a bike or use the bus to get to work. So let’s see the city council lead the way and let the hospital use this car park. I am sure the mayor, councillors and council staff will give up their ratepayer funded car parks and ride or get a bus to work instead so that hospital visitors, patients and staff can have a handy park. Marilyn Thornton – Yes, Hagley park is good enough for the new cricket ground it’s good enough for hospital parking. The free bus service from Deans Ave is brilliant, a big thank you to the hospital board for putting on the free bus, only pay for parking, it’s only about a 5min van ride, and it’s cheap but Christchurch needs parking close to the hospital. Anna Henderson – That’s exactly why people opposed the cricket stadium being allowed to go in the park, because they knew that it would set a precedent and soon every bloody thing would be taking a piece of the park. Now there’s no leg to stand on to say no to people wanting a piece of it because everyone can say “well they let the cricket people do it, why not us?” We’ll have no park left soon. Heat Pump Specials Heat Pump Specials INCLUDES INSTALLATION. CONDITIONS APPLY. INCLUDES INSTALLATION. CONDITIONS APPLY. 379-3589 379-3589 Mark Roberts: The cricket venue was constructed on the part of Hagley Park that was already for cricket. You know, they had clubrooms, umpires clubhouse and everything already there. If you turn Hospital Corner into parking, you are losing soccer, cricket and hockey fields for kids. Do you really want to do that? Miguel Lopez – Yes! If they cannot make it for hospital staff then at least consider it for some relatives of patients who have to drive more than 100km, or over 65. 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There’s plenty of unused space around the city that could be used for parking. Keep off the grass. Rowela Requina Limcangco – Depends on the NZ Government . . . if making money is their priority rather preserving the environment and its tourism, then by all means go ahead. Take in to consideration the safety of all medical practitioners, doctors, nurses and health aides who are serving and attending the needs of the patients in CDHB. Safety first. Sam Abel, truck driver, Rangiora: Surely you’d have parking for people who were sick or crook... We lived in Melbourne for a wee bit, and they’d actually have good parking spots near the hospital . . . if people are sick or crook and they come to the hospital, and they charge them for the car park, it’s pretty insulting. Rebecca Abel, stay-at-homemother, Rangiora: There’s thousands of sports grounds in the city, but there’s not thousands of places to park when you go to hospital. I understand sports grounds are important, don’t get me wrong, but finding a park so you can go to hospital and get better is probably better.