Residents of Menzieshill in Dundee say driving on their streets is a “nightmare” because they’re being used for parking by people going to Ninewells Hospital.
Locals claim staff and visitors are avoiding paying for parking by using nearby roads instead.
People living in Dee Gardens and the surrounding streets say they have, for some time, been living with vehicles parking on pavements, across junctions and in front of public stairways.
Charges for parking at the hospital will rise today (Saturday) and it’s feared the parking issue could get worse as more people try to avoid paying higher prices.
One resident, May Macmaster, said: “It’s a real nightmare. I have a driveway, which is an advantage, but cars are always parking across part of the entrance, making it nearly impossible to get out.
“They park wherever they can, even blocking public steps up to the next street. You see people with young kids having to park miles away from their house.”
May said that the problem continues through the night, adding: “I often hear a lot of noise at around 6am.
“It’s the night shift staff wandering back to their cars and driving off.
“I know it has been a big problem for Menzieshill and that a lot of nearby streets now have permit parking but I don’t see why people who live here should have to pay to park their cars here.”
Another Dee Gardens resident said: “It’s always chock-a-block round here. Getting parked anywhere near your house can often be very difficult.”
Alan Ross, councillor for the area, said he had written to the local authority’s city development department about the latest complaint.
He said: “The council is unable to have an effect upon these charges, as it is a private company that operates the car park. The problem we have is that if these cars are not parked illegally then we have no enforcement powers available.
“I would urge people who don’t live in the area to think about the possible effects they may be imposing upon residents in the area when they decide to leave their vehicles there for long periods of time.”
The Tele reported earlier this week that the operator of the Ninewells Hospital car park, Vinci Park UK, is set to raise parking charges to 2.10 from November 1.
A spokesman for Vinci said the NHS Trust handled permits for staff and long-term visitors to the hospital, and that it would not be appropriate to comment on those.
However, in respect of hospital visitors, he said the parking increase was the first since 2012 and matched the retail price index for that period.