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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Parking permit trial at Millom doctors’ surgery

PATIENTS attending Millom Doctors’ Surgery appointments which last more than hour will be able to use a special parking permit to stop them from being fined.

Cumbria County Council agreed to trial the scheme at the based in Millom Community Hospital after a number of patients received parking fines. This was due to a one-hour limit in some parking areas.

Millom Town Council mayor Felicity Wilson met with council officers on Tuesday.

Cllr Wilson said: “We are working with the county council and the surgery to try to relieve the parking problems.

“We have had quite a successful meeting with officers yesterday. I suggested the permit for patients who maybe longer than an hour who are worried about going over the hour parking time. This has been agreed by the county council.

“It’s going to be introduced as a trial and it’s an interim measure until a more permanent solution can be found. The surgery has agreed to be responsible for handing out the permit.”

Patients will not get to keep the permits but must collect and return them after appointments exceeding an hour.

Millom Health Action Group spokeswoman Jenny Brumby said: “We want to encourage members of the community to come forward if they are unhappy with anything.

“If we don’t know about the problems then it’s hard to help. The council wants to work with us for a solution.”

Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that we will be issuing permits to Millom Medical Centre to allow doctors and patients to park for longer than an hour if it is deemed to be a requirement.”

The trial is due to start on Monday.

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