Thanks to a thoughtless decision taken 20 years ago, patients, staff and visitors at Tayside’s biggest hospital are forced to fork out every time they park at the facility.
Today, the Evening Telegraph is standing up for those people amid plans for a new hike in parking fees at Ninewells Hospital, by calling on the company that runs the car parks to think again.
We are urging Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd to Freeze the Fees and give those who use the hospital some respite in the face of rising costs and ever-tightening budgets.
Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd is locked in a 30-year contract with the health board to run all the Ninewells car parks.
It’s one of only a few hospitals in the country where people have to pay to park.
Fees have been rising constantly in recent years, meaning people who are attending the hospital through necessity are having to fork out more and more.
The firm plans to raise the costs again, so day tickets and permits for staff will go up from next month.
We aren’t suggesting that the company shouldn’t make money – it’s a commercial operation which is legally entitled to charge people to help pay for the operation and upkeep of the car parks it runs.
But when people are struggling to pay their household bills, they shouldn’t be forced to contribute to making a company’s profits rise even further.
Most who use the car parks could only dream of having a near-10% rise in their income, never mind making more than £1m.
You can support our campaign by signing our petition, launching today, which asks Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd to keep its car park charges at existing levels until at least November next year.
We will then submit the results of our petition to Indigo Infra Dundee Ltd before the end of this month – ahead of the fees changing.
In addition, we will make the results of our petition available to our local members of the Scottish Parliament, who – while largely powerless when it comes to cancelling the contract which keeps these fees in place – should be aware of the views of their constituents on this matter.