Parking to be banned on roads around James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston

Cars parking along Jenner Road on the approach to one of the staff entrances to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass Cars parking along Jenner Road on the approach to one of the staff entrances to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:33 PM

Daytime car parking is to be banned from streets near James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston after a majority of local residents backed the idea.

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Cars parking along Jenner Road on the approach to one of the staff entrances to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Picture: James BassCars parking along Jenner Road on the approach to one of the staff entrances to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

After years of proposed schemes, it has been agreed that a Restricted Zone is to be created, taking in Jenner Road and Paget Crescent and banning parking between 7.30am and 6pm seven days a week.

Consultation with residents has helped to shape the Zone, which will be in place later this spring once the signs have been installed.

The Restricted Zone is being created because staff and visitors to the James Paget hospital frequently park on Jenner Road to avoid paying at the hospital’s car parks. The road provides a secondary access to the hospital site.

Map of the Restricted Zone
The Great Yarmouth Car Parking Strategy Steering Group recommended the creation of a Restricted Zone and Mick Castle, county and borough councillor and chair of the steering group, said: “I am very pleased that it has proved possible to establish a restricted parking zone on the roads in question to protect the quality of life of residents living close to the James Paget.”

He acknowledged the contribution of a working group set up under the auspices of the Gorleston Area Committee which prepared the initial proposals.

Matthew Smith, county councillor for Gorleston, said: “Local residents have had to put up with problem parking for a long time, and I am glad that it will be only a few weeks before a Restricted Parking Zone is introduced.

“As local member I will be monitoring the effectiveness of the zone and its effects on surrounding streets.”

What do you think of the ban - are a resident who backed the scheme or a motorist who thinks it is unfair? Take part on our poll or email lauren.rogers@archant.co.uk.

39 comments

  • I do not share Mick Castle`s optimism one little bit. Once the consequences of totally banning parking for whatever reason seven days a week sink in, I can`t see the residents wanting to stick with the scheme. Friends and family won`t be able to park on the road so where will they have to go to park? The JPH. There`s irony for you.

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    BG

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • If the JP ripped up all the useless grass and shrubs they spend money not looking after properly there would be more space-a car park is a car park. People who live in the northern and Flegg villages served by this hospital have a long journey by public transport ( where it exists) and many need to drive or to drive outpatients and visitors. The green conceit that parking can be restricted because there is public transport just penalises those who cannot. It is I think unreasonable to expect them to park in Yarmouth on carparks and then use the No 8 bus When there is no space desperate hospital users park where they can. On the matter of fees, I recently paid the full fee ( around £6, I forget exactly how much) for a morning in an outpatient clinic, and the full fee while I accompanied someone having day surgery.I have no idea if there should have been an exemption for the latter. I do not object to contributing fairly to car park costs but I do object to not being able to find a space.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Parking charges for hospital users should never have been allowed, it's a punative poll tax on people attending for treatment or visiting. Stop these charges & the neighbours have no issue. Simples. If we stopped the super rich from evading the taxation the rest of us have to pay, this sort of penny pinching wouldn't be necessary.

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    Frank

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • As I have said before buy a house near a school or hospital it's blinking obvious people will park there, no brainer. At least the ban finishes at 6pm which will be okay for visitors to the evening visiting hours.

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • If they can put double yellows on this estate, then they can put double yellows along Mill Lane in Bradwell to stop a certain two ignorant car owners dangerously parking, right on a corner.

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    "V"

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • A lot of time and effort has gone into preparing this Restricted Parking Zone. We have listened to the views of residents. "The proof now will be in the pudding". If successful in the Jenner Road area we can replicate it elsewhere where other residents experience similar problems - though it would be no good in Yarmouth's terraced streets as we have little or no off-street parking to support it!

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    Mick Castle

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • BG. Apologies but no doubt the double yellows will follow.

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    "V"

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • GorlestonBoy7 - when you go to the shops which doesnt have parking available, what do you do? Do you drive back home and get a taxi? Or do you park outside the nearest space, regardless of its its outside someone else home? You bought a house there, you must have known people were likely to park there? Most of us pay tax on our cars and should be entitled to park anywhere legally. The restrictions will only hurt you in the long run, you will then have issues when you want this reversed. Imagine living down Avondale etc where in the Summer its near impossible to get a spot anywhere near your home.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • @monkeynuts - probably about 5 years or more ago i think? @PJW - my road is just as congested as this area but i cannot see my local councillors lobbying for parking restrictions? And yes, i have lived here for 36 years from birth,

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • As I have said before buy a house near a school or hospital it's blinking obvious people will park there, no brainer. At least the ban finishes at 6pm which will be okay for visitors to the evening visiting hours.

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • A lot of time and effort has gone into preparing this Restricted Parking Zone. We have listened to the views of residents. "The proof now will be in the pudding". If successful in the Jenner Road area we can replicate it elsewhere where other residents experience similar problems - though it would be no good in Yarmouth's terraced streets as we have little or no off-street parking to support it!

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    Mick Castle

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I wonder how many of you who think it's a good idea as you live there, happily park outside my house when going to the shops near my house. The amount of times I can't park due to this. What makes you so special, there's 1000s of people who can't park near their houses due to others parking there. I presume if you go to Gorleston or anywhere else, you always pay to park and never ever try to park outside people's houses such as those roads adjacent to Gorleston high street. Because if you don't, you are a hypocrit When you next nip into a corner shop or whatever, do you think the person whose house you are parking outside likes it any more than you like it ? Personally when I bought my current house near a pub and a row of shops, i would have had to be insane if i didn't think people would park outside. All that will happen is people will park slightly further away or find other nearby streets and you can all be smug that your so special.

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    Ojustaboo

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • There is a point to be made about the parking charges at the JPH. The current charges are set at 2.90p up to 2hrs - with the first 30 minutes free. Thereafter 3.40p for 2 to 3 hours. 4.40p for 3 to 4 hours and 6.40p over 4 hours up to 24 hours. A much fairer way I think would be to taper the charges. Charging one pound an hour, with the first thirty minutes free, would be a much fairer and equitable way all-round. 2.90p for 35 minutes parking is rather steep in anyone’s book

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    BG

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I live in this estate and I am very glad this is coming but it has taken too long to happen. I like the comments from people on here who oppose but DO NOT live here, it seems that the fact a fire engine or ambulance cannot get through at times seems to be conveniently forgotten.

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    Gorlestonboy7

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Why does the residents on Jenner have so much favouritism to its roads, the residents around the JPH have had this problem years before Jenner estate was built so why have their had all this attention is it because some local councillors leave there,as usual yarmouths corrupt council again takes the biscuit

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • @MonkeyNuts when did you register?

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    monkeynuts

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • The parking charges at JPH are a rip off. I attended a couple of appointments there recently and was sat twiddling my thumbs for over an hour.I'm glad I wasn't parked in their overpriced car park and made to pay for being messed around.

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    kevin bacon

    Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • I take it that Mick Castles is a local Councillor. "We have listened to the views of residents", ummm, like they did over the Outer Harbour I suppose.

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    peter waller

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • V please read my blog. There will be no yellow lines, only signage. A traffic sign on a pole.

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    BG

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Mick Castle. What a completely inept tw-at.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Totally agree with you "MonkeyNuts" I bet they don't park near houses on the school run either or when they visit friends and family, clearly the it's always park in pay and display or in the middle of no where! I've noticed some of them drive ways are very small, only enough for one car, shooting them selves in the foot if they have more than one car or have people over to visit!

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    Kim Daniels

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • So mr castle, what happens on a Sunday arvo when mr and Mrs Smith wants a family bbq? Do they park outside the houses outside the zone or can i personally clamp them? The police would laugh at me if i called. Just who is paying for this? Have the residents been asked to foot the bill? Do those that choose to park on the car park get a reduction in their council tax? You have opened a whole can of worms here. The natives will soon become restless once it doesn't work in their favour.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • James paget is the 10th dearest hospital parking in the uk, this speaks volumes, so to add to the confers they enlist Jenner estate to ban parking on the roads hoping for more revenue, I feel sorry for all the poor hospital workers who have to pay to park there, ,at least this distracts from the James paget abysmal record of poor care, and lack of any compassion towards its older patients .

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I live near Gorleston town centre. Clear access to my property and my own ability to park near my home is regularly blocked by parked cars - some of the owners leave their cars for days at a time. So come on Mr Council - let's have restricted parking for us all.

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    wallywalnut

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Last month I spent nearly £80 parking in the hospital car park whilst my son was being born. Towards the end I was so annoyed at the cost I simply parked on the double yellow lines in the hospital grounds - heck the fine is only £15 if caught! More people should do the same!

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    Richard Longhurst

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

  • James paget is the 10th dearest hospital parking in the uk, this speaks volumes, so to add to the confers they enlist Jenner estate to ban parking on the roads hoping for more revenue, I feel sorry for all the poor hospital workers who have to pay to park there, ,at least this distracts from the James paget abysmal record of poor care, and lack of any compassion towards its older patients .

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Monkeynuts is on the money here. £2.90 to park for an hour whilst I visit my Mother-In-Law in hospital is downright robbery.

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    peter waller

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Many people are already stressed when they have to visit the hospital. They may be anxious about an outpatient appointment and its outcome, or a sick friend or relative, or an unpleasant procedure in a clinic. Now there is the added burden of not being able to get free parking. This is not an affluent area and people are trying to find ways to cut motoring costs which are already high. We have already paid taxes to use the public highways, so unless there are big dangers, I see no justification for the restrictions. Have the fire service said that they cannot get a fire engine down there? Most people think that there should not be car parking charges for hospital users (smaller charges might be acceptable) but even if it were free, sometimes there are not enough spaces. Road restrictions will make this even worse. This move is not for the benefit of the majority, and it does not seem to have been thought through thoroughly.

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    Christine Tyacke

    Monday, April 7, 2014

  • So mr castle, what happens on a Sunday arvo when mr and Mrs Smith wants a family bbq? Do they park outside the houses outside the zone or can i personally clamp them? The police would laugh at me if i called. Just who is paying for this? Have the residents been asked to foot the bill? Do those that choose to park on the car park get a reduction in their council tax? You have opened a whole can of worms here. The natives will soon become restless once it doesn't work in their favour.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • You bought a house close to a hospital that this week has been shown as in the top 10 for expensive and excessive Car Park charges in the whole of the UK and you wonder why people (rightly so) want to park on your road? When you go shopping in the High Street or anywhere else, i take it these guys always use the Park and Display parks in the townhigh street? You never park on a residential side street, outside someone elses house? Of course you do, bet you never moan about that do you? The councillors should not be taking this small minority of Gorleston residents opinion only, tackle the hospital. Will the same Councillors be sticking up for the other residents of Gorleston who have issues in Parking?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Let's hope they do the same for Wadham Road and Emmanuel Avenue very soon - MonkeyNuts obviously doesnt live anywhere near the affected areas or would have a very different opinion!

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    PJW

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • @monkeynuts - probably about 5 years or more ago i think? @PJW - my road is just as congested as this area but i cannot see my local councillors lobbying for parking restrictions? And yes, i have lived here for 36 years from birth,

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    MonkeyNuts

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Oh dear, a recipe for disaster. A RPZ is an area where parking restrictions uses boundary signs and repeaters signs to designate the area where parking and loading is banned. The normal yellow lines and kerb blips are not used. Parking or loading are only permissible in signed bays. Home owners of course will be banned from parking on the road outside their homes and delivery drivers will find the scheme problematical. As many visitors to the JPH are elderly and are highly likely, like many other people, have not to have read the Highway Code for decades, I predict an avalanche of letters to the local press moaning about receiving a parking ticket. Particularly if they think they are exempt if they have a Blue Badge. A RPZ bans loading and unloading and therefore a Blue Badge cannot be used. The scheme itself will be ineffective if it is not enforced. As enforcement officers are a bit thin on the ground the police are going to get a large number of calls from local residents about illegal parking, only to be disappointedly told it is not a police matter. We have not heard the last of this by any means!

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    BG

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • James paget is the 10th dearest hospital parking in the uk, this speaks volumes, so to add to the confers they enlist Jenner estate to ban parking on the roads hoping for more revenue, I feel sorry for all the poor hospital workers who have to pay to park there, ,at least this distracts from the James paget abysmal record of poor care, and lack of any compassion towards its older patients .

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Parking at the hospital should be free. It was built with our money, so why should we pay again? If they do not want motorists they should leave local hospitals open. It is called the National Health Service, emphasis on "service".

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    Anthony Gower

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • James paget is the 10th dearest hospital parking in the uk, this speaks volumes, so to add to the confers they enlist Jenner estate to ban parking on the roads hoping for more revenue, I feel sorry for all the poor hospital workers who have to pay to park there, ,at least this distracts from the James paget abysmal record of poor care, and lack of any compassion towards its older patients .

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    rgreenwood

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I totally agree with BG £1 per hour would show that JPH does have care & consideration rather than getting that same old feeling "RIP OFF BRITAIN" sorry RIP OFF JPH !!!

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    john burrows

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • MonkeyNuts - How right you are. You can just imagine the problems during the summer particularly when the extended family turns up for a BBQ and there is no where to park. Also trade people of all sorts will not be able to park outside the house to which they are delivering or working at. Another one of Mr Castle`s no so good ideas. Sometimes what you wish for is not what you really want. Still, it is not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination. There will have be a the publication of a Public Notice of the intended traffic order in the local press to which locals may object if they wish.

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    BG

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • While the residents have a valid point regarding the parking. The hospital has done nothing to improve parking availability at the hospital. There is plenty of room at the rear entrance, some gravel and bam you have an overspill carpark and more car parking fees. Frankly I am happy to pay, with an 80 yr old patient drop off and walking from side road when the carpark is full is dismal prospect. Or provide park and ride from remote location! Or do something other than legislate and create another problem instead of creating a solution.

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    Paul Morley

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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