LONG-suffering residents whose road is blocked up with the cars of “hospital staff” face another year of misery due to red tape.

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Jenner Road homeowners say their street is choked with parked cars, and claim the culprits are workers from the nearby James Paget University Hospital dodging hospital car park charges.

They have pinned hope on yellow lines to shoo the motorists away, but have been told the lines will not be drawn until 2014 - although funding is available.

Hospital bosses have put £5,000 towards the work, matched with £5,000 from the housing estate developer, Gorleston Area Committee heard on Tuesday.

But due to a “resource problem” Norfolk County Council will not set wheels in motion until the next financial year in April 2013, and then there will be a nine-month wait while traffic reports are compiled and a consultation exercise is completed.

While lines could technically be painted in January 2014, a county officer wrote bad weather is likely in January which is not ideal for line painting.

Reading from the county report, borough council leader Trevor Wainwright said work is unlikely to start before April 2014.

He sighed: “I will certainly be writing to them.”

A string of residents’ meetings have been held over the problem, and ward councillors conducted a site visit last year.

But Gorleston ward councillor Bert Collins said: “We’ve pushed this for two years and nothing has been done.”

Previous delays arose as the county council has yet to adopt the road from the developer, but Mr Wainwright said this is due to happen “at any time” now.

And Magdalen ward councillor Brian Walker said hospital bosses have sent circular letters to staff with their pay slips, asking them not to park on the road.

Some residents who said they were not aware of previous meetings feared yellow lines would affect residents with three or four cars, those who had converted their garages to living space and those wanting space for guest parking.

But Mr Walker said: “The solution the meetings have come up with is what’s going out to consultation [yellow lines].

“If you start messing around with this we will still be talking about it in another five years time.”

If a “significant” number of complaints is received during consultation on the yellow line scheme, the proposal will go before Norfolk County Council’s cabinet at a date to be confirmed.

Claydon ward councillor Colleen Walker said officers are doing all they can.

“I’ve a daughter who lives near Jenner Road, so I’ve got an added reason to want to push the scheme,” she said. “But you shouldn’t damn them as they can only work with what they’ve got.”

Gorleston’s car parking steering committee held a further meeting on the issue at MESH centre yesterday.

6 comments

  • Why should the residents of Jenner Road live under different rules to the rest of us in Gorleston. There are cars parked outside the houses on my road from anywhere at anytime - days, nights, weekends, holidays - left there sometimes for days and occasionally weeks at a time. OK - Jenner Road is neat a hospital - we have two 'Doctors' surgeries, a Dentist, some shops and three pubs near us! Can we all have resident parking schemes or yellow lines?

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    wallywalnut

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • What a complete waste of time this is. Once residents wake up to the fact that they and their won`t be able to park in Jenner Road because of the double yellows and anyone using a vehicle who is disabled will be able to park anywhere they want in providing they aren`t causing an obstruction.

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    BG

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Why has no-one complained about the resident's on not only Jenner Road but the rest of the estate who use the Paget roads as a rat run to get to and fro from there homes.

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    loco

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I wished that I had enough money live on Jenner Road, a hospital right on your doorstep and these muppets still moan.I just hope that don't have anything really important to worry about.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • why hasnt anybody complain about the fact that the JPH has given away £5000 for the "jenner road moaners ! with all the cutbacks they found money for this un-believable mind you some of the managers people running the JPH can understand why as for Jenner road people i cannot believe you buy a house near a hospital and then moan about people parking there ???

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    rgreenwood

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Why is the hospital charging workers to park and why does it not have enough car parking spaces or its own minibus transport system? How can an organisation which has workers which start or finish work outside the times that public transport runs expect them to get to and from work without a car and somewhere to put it? It is all very well expecting those who work office hours to use public transport and maybe even to pay to park because they have an alternative, but not those who have to arrive very early in the morning or may be working until the small hours. In other words, why was adequate parking for employees not a planning condition? They should be encouraged to dig up what up what grass is left around the hospital and put everything down to tarmac where it is needed.

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

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