Health centre makes parking plea to fish and chip shop users

Harewood Medical Practice in Catterick Garrison.

Users of a new fish and chip shop have been urged to park considerately and not prevent access to a health centre.

Harewood Medical Practice, in Catterick Garrison, says it is having problems with drivers parking in the limited number of bays outside the centre.

Practice manager Stephen Brown said problems have occurred since the opening of Fish and Chips at 149 next door to the health centre.

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He said: “Many of their customers have been using the very limited number of car parking spaces that we have in front of our building.

“This means that patients with mobility problems are unable to park closely enough to the health centre when arriving for appointments and struggle to get in.

“There have also been a couple of occasions when ambulances attending urgent calls to the building have had difficulty getting close enough to the entrance despite there being a hatched ‘ambulance only’ space, which admittedly is rather faded.”

He said patients attending the GP out of hours service based in the building are also finding that they are unable to park, especially during the evenings.

He added: “I would like to think that an appeal to chip shop customers would make the majority of them stop and think and consider the needs of our patients who genuinely need to able to park in the bays provided for that purpose at the front of our building.”