Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Frank Godfrey.
There is no quick fix or easy solutions to the issues of car parking at the Lourdes Hospital, traffic congestion and access for emergency services.
So said Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Frank Godfrey after a recent meeting between Councillors and Council officials and the senior operations management team of the Lourdes Hospital.
The meeting was attended by Cllrs Kevin Callan, Oliver Tully, Joanna Byrne, Tommy Byrne, Pio Smith and Mayor Frank Godfrey, as well as engineers Mark Johnston and Willie Walsh.
Even with 826 car parking spaces in the Cross Lanes HSE car park and a further 132 in the hospital, parking at the Lourdes Hospital is at a premium.
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The cost of using the HSE car parks was raised and hospital management undertook to contact all staff members to encourage them to park in designated car parks, rather than on the surrounding streets. The idea of a dedicated staff car park and shuttle bus was also discussed.
“There is a big demand for car parking in the vicinity of the hospital, and the sheer volume is a huge inconvenience to residents, especially in the Windmill Road and Anneville Crescent area,” said Mayor Frank Godfrey adding that he thought that the Council should review parking and yellow lines issues in the vicinity.
The Mayor also suggested that there should be regular meetings between Gardaí, HSE and council engineers regarding parking and access.
“Together they should plan for the future and look at available land for further parking opportunities. There are no easy solutions.”