Readers are being given one final chance to support the Evening Telegraph’s campaign to have parking fees at Ninewells Hospital frozen.
Freeze the Fees is calling for Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd to keep charges at the facility at existing levels.
Our petition was launched after the private firm, which operates Ninewells parking facilities on behalf of NHS Tayside as part of a 30-year private finance initiative (PFI) contract, announced plans to hike fees from next month, for the third time since November 2016.
We want the existing charges, set in November last year, kept in place until at least November next year, to help hard-up locals save a little bit of cash when they’re forced to visit the hospital – be that for treatment, to visit a loved one, or for work.
We’ll bring our petition to a close tomorrow before submitting it directly to Indigo, in the hope the company will perform a U-turn before the end of this month.
Readers can sign our form in the print edition and post it first class, hand it into our offices at Meadowside, or fill in the form below to add their support.
The deadline for submissions to arrive is lunchtime on Tuesday, October 23 2018.
Those already backing our campaign include Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, who is writing a letter to Indigo urging the firm to reconsider.
Tele editor Andrew Kellock said: “Our petition has gathered a massive amount of support with Nearly 2,000 signatures, in paper and online, so far and we’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to back it.
“We want as many signatures as possible to take to Indigo and show just how much this issue means to people in Dundee and the surrounding areas.
“The PFI contract runs until 2029, and the Scottish Government says the cost of buying it out would be too much, meaning you’ll have to keep paying to park at Ninewells for at least another decade.
“While that is unacceptable, it’s clear that there is little prospect of the contract itself being scrapped.
“But if we can at least freeze the fees, it will give people some respite and ensure Indigo is not making big profits at your expense.”
The contract between Indigo and NHS Tayside allows the fees to be reviewed in line with the retail price index.
But the private firm, which made a profit of more than £1 million last year, has refused to provide a detailed explanation of its decision to raise the charges next month.