Watford General Hospital has been given the green light for a new multi-storey car park allowing patients, visitors and staff to benefit from improved access.
Watford Borough Council unanimously approved plans for the car park this week, which will provide nearly 1,300 spaces for staff, patients and visitors. A further 50 spaces are available for Watford Football Club.
Access to the hospital will be much easier for patients and improved lighting and 24-hour CCTV monitoring will create a safer and more secure environment for visitors, staff and patients.
Helen Brown, acting chief executive of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I’m very aware that the standard of our current parking facilities is far from great and I’m delighted that this development will make life so much better for our patients.
“Staff and visitors will benefit too as the car park forms a key stepping stone in the further development of the hospital site. I would like to thank Watford Borough Council and its development partner for their determination in bringing this project forward.”
Located at Watford General Hospital and connected to the Thomas Sawyer Way roundabout by a, link road, the new car park will improve access to the hospital. The new car park is the first phase to the north of Thomas Sawyer Way.
It will allow future phases of Watford Riverwell to be delivered by creating space and access to any possible future hospital expansion.
Peter Taylor, the elected Mayor of Watford, welcomed Watford Borough Council’s decision to approve the new car park for Watford General Hospital.
He said: “I’m pleased that the plans for a new car park for Watford General Hospital have been given the green light. This is something I have campaigned on and I am pleased that by next summer we will have much better parking facilities. Like many other people, I have experienced first-hand the stress of arriving at the hospital and not being able to find anywhere to park.”
“The existing car park isn’t suitable – with patients, staff and visitors, having to climb a steep hill and a lack of spaces. The new car park will be better and safer than what we have at the moment. It is right that we have worked with the hospital, taking tough decisions to make this happen.”