Health centre cark parking 'woeful'

PART of Ings Grove Park should be turned into an overflow car park for the Mirfield Health Centre.

That's the proposal from town councillor Barbara Harrison, who has been contacted by residents concerned about chronic traffic congestion and lack of parking near the Doctor Lane health centre.

Coun Harrison raised the issue at a recent meeting of the town council, which was also attended by Coun David Payne, the Kirklees cabinet member responsible for transportation.

She said the car park at the centre was inadequate with large numbers of users parking their vehicles on the double yellow lines in Doctor Lane. This, in turn, led to problems for buses and other road users.

Coun Harrison added: "The park is hardly used and is often vandalised, we need to try and provide more spaces for car parking."

Deputy Mayor of Mirfield, Coun Martyn Bolt, said: "Our health services are now being managed locally by a primary care trust. Perhaps we need to invite the chairman to set out their plans for health provision in Mirfield, as I know other areas will soon benefit from brand new health centre with the car parking to support them."

Coun Bolt said regardless of the merits of the issue, it was likely to be a contentious one, and opposed by those wanting to protect green space in Mirfield.

He also said he was certain that concreting over the park which houses the memorial to Mirfield's war dead would arouse considerable public scrutiny.

In addition to the latest proposal, Coun Bolt said residents have also been pressuring the council to introduce parking permits which could increase the congestion and cause more problems

Coun Payne said parking was a problem in many towns across Kirklees, including Mirfield.

"It's becoming a judgement between the reasonable requirements of the residents against providing some opportunity for shoppers to keep the town centre thriving."