Hospital criticises Torbay street parking permit plans

Cars parked near Torbay Hospital
Image caption The proposed permit system would not guarantee a space

A south Devon hospital has criticised plans by a local council to charge for nearby on-street parking which is used by patients and some health staff.

Torbay Council is planning a permit scheme for parking along Newton Road, close to Torbay Hospital.

The council's proposal is to charge up to £250 a year for a permit. The scheme would not guarantee a space.

The hospital said it was formally objecting to the plan. The council said it needed more revenue for services.

Councillor Robert Excell, of the Conservative-led unitary authority, said: "We've had massive cuts to implement, and this is a way of getting some money for back for frontline services in transportation.

"With concessionary fares, repairing potholes; they're the sort of things we need to keep rolling.

"We need to have a way of generating funds to meet those demands."

If it went ahead, the scheme would be introduced by summer, the council said.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites