Health board takes legal advice over travellers in hospital car park
6:02am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
HEALTH bosses are taking legal advice to try to solve a problem with travellers who have taken up around 65 spaces in a car park which serves staff, patients and visitors at the Royal Gwent Hospital.
The travellers, believed to be French, moved on to the car park - on part of the former Whiteheads site off Mendalgief Road - on Saturday.
They have taken up around 65 spaces in the 300-space car park, but are understood to have indicated to Aneurin Bevan Health Board the health board that they will be moving on shortly.
The board is also stressing that more than 200 spaces at the car park remain available for use.
The car park was originally created for hospital staff, but has more recently also been used by patients and visitors during peak times, when the older car park on the opposite side of Mendalgief Road is often full.
The health board is ensuring that security staff are on site from 6am-10pm every day "to reassure and support staff during this situation," according to a statement on its website.
Initially, the health board indicated that the car park would be closed to staff for two or three days, and a spokesman said that many people had made alternative arrangements yesterday morning (MON), either parking somewhere else or getting to work using public transport.
One nurse, who did not wish to be named, told the Argus she had come in by bus rather than park in the car park.
"If I had just suddenly decided to park up somewhere I'm not allowed to, there would be consequences for me pretty quickly, so why not them? It's outrageous," she said.
"They've put security guards on there but that's not the point really. They should be moving them off.
"It's not just staff, but patients and visitors who are being inconvenienced, especially during the day . Everyone knows how difficult parking is here, and this is making it worse. They need to get it sorted quickly."
The health board is "taking legal advice to resolve the situation as soon as possible," according to its statement, which continues: "There is no quick legal solution but we are also working with the travellers to ensure they leave as soon as possible."
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