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Parking at Fernville

We are pleased to be able to offer free parking* at Fernville for up to 1 hour during your visit to the Surgery. It is quite unusual for a Practice located in a busy town centre to be able to do this.

The number of spaces is limited, so we ask that you park at Fernville only whilst visiting the Surgery. Other facilities are available for shoppers within a few minutes walk.

New parking regulations will be in force from 1 January 2011

We are very keen to improve the availability of parking spaces for our patients.  The best way we can do this is to prevent parking by people who are not visiting the Surgery.  One vehicle left at the Surgery for 2 hours will block a parking space that could otherwise have been used by 6 to 10 patients.

We asked patients for their opinions on this in a survey conducted during the summer.

  • 85% of patients say they find it difficult to find a parking space at Fernville

  • 85% would like us to introduce some form of regulation in the car park (52% prefer to retain free parking, with a 1 hour limit; 23% prefer a pay and display system).

So, from 1 January 2011 parking at Fernville will be limited to 1 hour.  We have engaged a professional contractor to enforce this.

It is important to emphasise that the Practice will not be making any money from this.  Any fines will be paid to our contractor and we are paying a substantial fee for the service.  We believe we are making an investment in improved facilities for patients, just as we do when we buy new furniture for the waiting room.

Finally, do not worry if you are delayed by a late-running appointment.  Just speak to a receptionist and we will make sure you are not penalised under these circumstances.

The area to the front of the Surgery is a private road, owned by the supermarket, who do take enforcement action in the event of unauthorised parking.

We appreciate your patience and consideration as you use the parking facilities at Fernville.  Parking is unfortunately one of the frustrations of modern living.  We can only do our best to keep this frustration to a minimum.


*provided a space is available