'NO NHS PARKING' - Residents put up sign to stop Musgrove Park Hospital staff clogging up Galmington street

Somerset County Gazette: The sign which has been put up in Belmont Road, Galmington. The sign which has been put up in Belmont Road, Galmington.

FED-UP residents sick of Musgrove Park Hospital staff clogging up their street with their cars have adopted a different approach to getting their message across.

People living by Galmington playing fields are so hacked off they have put up a large wooden sign with the words ‘NO NHS PARKING’ painted on it.

The sign appeared in Belmont Road last week after a number of vehicles were judged to be using the street to park for free throughout the day.

But residents say it is not just staff at Musgrove abusing the street as tradesmen, visitors and patients also dump their cars there rather than pay to park at the hospital.

Dawn Sherwood, whose son made the sign and attached it to their fence, said: “It’s a nightmare and it has got worse since they built the multi-storey car park.

“Sometimes you get four or five cars parked right outside the house and neighbours can’t get their cars in.

“We’ve tried asking people not to do it and you just get a load of abuse back, but this sign seems to have improved things.”

It is not the first time residents have taken measures into their own hands.

Rope has been put on one side of the street along a grass verge to stop cars parking on both sides.

Dawn said: “It got to a point where our bins couldn’t be emptied because the road was blocked on both sides.

“If a fire engine or ambulance needed to get down here they would have had to barge vehicles out of the way.”

The hospital has since announced it is looking at introducing a cycle scheme for staff and improving lock-up facilities.

A spokesman said: “Staff parking is available on-site with staff paying a monthly fee for a parking permit.

“However, there are limited spaces, so staff need to meet certain criteria to be able to apply for a permit.

“Due to this limited availability and as part of our wider sustainability project, we’re working with staff to look at other ways for people to travel to and from work.

“Though we’re working to provide travel options for as many staff as possible, we know some staff park in the areas surrounding the hospital, and we send regular reminders asking them to be mindful and respectful to our neighbours if they do so.”

Residents with concerns about parking can call 01823-343536.

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1:38pm Fri 30 May 14

TauntonFirst says...

Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there.
Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there. TauntonFirst
  • Score: 33

2:14pm Fri 30 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

TauntonFirst wrote:
Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there.
Council wont do that sets a precedent and cost money. Also the local residents don't want to stop all parking just nhs staff who wont pay silly money for a pass for site that doesn't even guarantee a space!

They have looked at residents permits but some residents don't want to pay £50-75 a year for a pass and the area it would have to be implemented in is large.

Dawns son wants to focus his efforts on sorting out appearance of that fence and garden looks very scruffy.

I love the use of capitals except the lower case 'i'
[quote][p][bold]TauntonFirst[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there.[/p][/quote]Council wont do that sets a precedent and cost money. Also the local residents don't want to stop all parking just nhs staff who wont pay silly money for a pass for site that doesn't even guarantee a space! They have looked at residents permits but some residents don't want to pay £50-75 a year for a pass and the area it would have to be implemented in is large. Dawns son wants to focus his efforts on sorting out appearance of that fence and garden looks very scruffy. I love the use of capitals except the lower case 'i' Mi_Coc
  • Score: -5

3:21pm Fri 30 May 14

Concerned Taunton says...

When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem.

She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater.
When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem. She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater. Concerned Taunton
  • Score: 20

4:22pm Fri 30 May 14

Thurza says...

This isn't just a Galmington problem, try living in Milverton and parking your car. I have family living there who can rarely park in their street, if they park, quite legally, in surrounding roads they have had notes left on their vehicle saying park elsewhere.
This isn't just a Galmington problem, try living in Milverton and parking your car. I have family living there who can rarely park in their street, if they park, quite legally, in surrounding roads they have had notes left on their vehicle saying park elsewhere. Thurza
  • Score: 7

4:48pm Fri 30 May 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

If people are allowed to park there then it is open to anyone. It's not fair to discriminate against people working at the hospital. Taunton has terrible parking as it is an anti-car. The hospital should do more for its staff.
If people are allowed to park there then it is open to anyone. It's not fair to discriminate against people working at the hospital. Taunton has terrible parking as it is an anti-car. The hospital should do more for its staff. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 35

7:09pm Fri 30 May 14

david1966 says...

Concerned Taunton wrote:
When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem.

She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater.
Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth.

At every turn any suggestion proposed was knocked back by the powers that be. It was also complicated that not everyone in the area wanted residents permit parking just lines. Which ever way it would still need and enforcement officer to visit and patrol the area and the council said there were no funds for. However take a look around parkfield road there are a few roads there that now have RP - I wonder which council member got those pushed through not so long ago?

Also if I recall Ian who also represents the same area started to get something moving but where is he at this present time, oh yes fell out with the ruling party and went independent rather than helping the residents.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned Taunton[/bold] wrote: When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem. She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth. At every turn any suggestion proposed was knocked back by the powers that be. It was also complicated that not everyone in the area wanted residents permit parking just lines. Which ever way it would still need and enforcement officer to visit and patrol the area and the council said there were no funds for. However take a look around parkfield road there are a few roads there that now have RP - I wonder which council member got those pushed through not so long ago? Also if I recall Ian who also represents the same area started to get something moving but where is he at this present time, oh yes fell out with the ruling party and went independent rather than helping the residents. david1966
  • Score: -6

8:01pm Fri 30 May 14

jess the cat says...

I got no problem with them parking day time but is it acceptable for hospital staff to park outside your house all day and night and sometimes the whole week. As for parking permits I was never asked if I want one but would gladly have one.
I got no problem with them parking day time but is it acceptable for hospital staff to park outside your house all day and night and sometimes the whole week. As for parking permits I was never asked if I want one but would gladly have one. jess the cat
  • Score: 4

8:12pm Fri 30 May 14

Ian_Morrell says...

david1966 wrote:
Concerned Taunton wrote:
When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem.

She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater.
Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth.

At every turn any suggestion proposed was knocked back by the powers that be. It was also complicated that not everyone in the area wanted residents permit parking just lines. Which ever way it would still need and enforcement officer to visit and patrol the area and the council said there were no funds for. However take a look around parkfield road there are a few roads there that now have RP - I wonder which council member got those pushed through not so long ago?

Also if I recall Ian who also represents the same area started to get something moving but where is he at this present time, oh yes fell out with the ruling party and went independent rather than helping the residents.
Although I can't speak for Justine, my last communication with the leader of Somerset County Council regarding this issue was only last week.

As this is a county council issue, and I'm not the county councillor, the burden of inaction and inflexible policy needs to rest at their door - including Cllr Harvey Siggs (SCC cabinet member for highways) who has taken very little interest in this issue (or Taunton-wide highway problems for that matter).

The significant issue causing parking in resident streets around Musgrove Park Hospital is PFI (private finance initiative) and the cost of Musgrove Hospital's parking charges to pay capital and operating costs of their multi-story car park. The hospital management, with whom I have met, need to address this and make charges fair for both staff and visitors - which in turn should alleviate problems in neighbouring streets.
[quote][p][bold]david1966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned Taunton[/bold] wrote: When Justine Baker stood as a County Councillor she promised she would help us with this problem. She has done nothing and is useless. She only wants to help herself and get elected as an MP in Bridgwater.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth. At every turn any suggestion proposed was knocked back by the powers that be. It was also complicated that not everyone in the area wanted residents permit parking just lines. Which ever way it would still need and enforcement officer to visit and patrol the area and the council said there were no funds for. However take a look around parkfield road there are a few roads there that now have RP - I wonder which council member got those pushed through not so long ago? Also if I recall Ian who also represents the same area started to get something moving but where is he at this present time, oh yes fell out with the ruling party and went independent rather than helping the residents.[/p][/quote]Although I can't speak for Justine, my last communication with the leader of Somerset County Council regarding this issue was only last week. As this is a county council issue, and I'm not the county councillor, the burden of inaction and inflexible policy needs to rest at their door - including Cllr Harvey Siggs (SCC cabinet member for highways) who has taken very little interest in this issue (or Taunton-wide highway problems for that matter). The significant issue causing parking in resident streets around Musgrove Park Hospital is PFI (private finance initiative) and the cost of Musgrove Hospital's parking charges to pay capital and operating costs of their multi-story car park. The hospital management, with whom I have met, need to address this and make charges fair for both staff and visitors - which in turn should alleviate problems in neighbouring streets. Ian_Morrell
  • Score: 18

10:09pm Fri 30 May 14

chunks1504 says...

Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying...
Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying... chunks1504
  • Score: 13

10:33pm Fri 30 May 14

boliston says...

I wonder if this sign has planning permission?
I wonder if this sign has planning permission? boliston
  • Score: 9

7:51am Sat 31 May 14

GoingGreen says...

Given the hospital is such a large employer, wouldn't it make sense for the park and ride(s) to be catering for/putting on a service for staff? Only asking.
Given the hospital is such a large employer, wouldn't it make sense for the park and ride(s) to be catering for/putting on a service for staff? Only asking. GoingGreen
  • Score: 16

10:17am Sat 31 May 14

somered says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
TauntonFirst wrote:
Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there.
Council wont do that sets a precedent and cost money. Also the local residents don't want to stop all parking just nhs staff who wont pay silly money for a pass for site that doesn't even guarantee a space!

They have looked at residents permits but some residents don't want to pay £50-75 a year for a pass and the area it would have to be implemented in is large.

Dawns son wants to focus his efforts on sorting out appearance of that fence and garden looks very scruffy.

I love the use of capitals except the lower case 'i'
Is it me or do other people see the irony of you commenting on how people write words?
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TauntonFirst[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the residents should apply for double yellow lines, rather than victimising people who are perfectly within the law by parking there.[/p][/quote]Council wont do that sets a precedent and cost money. Also the local residents don't want to stop all parking just nhs staff who wont pay silly money for a pass for site that doesn't even guarantee a space! They have looked at residents permits but some residents don't want to pay £50-75 a year for a pass and the area it would have to be implemented in is large. Dawns son wants to focus his efforts on sorting out appearance of that fence and garden looks very scruffy. I love the use of capitals except the lower case 'i'[/p][/quote]Is it me or do other people see the irony of you commenting on how people write words? somered
  • Score: 22

11:10am Sat 31 May 14

mansell5 says...

chunks1504 wrote:
Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying...
So that's around £2 a day. Complete bargain, you can't park many places for more than an hour or two for that.
[quote][p][bold]chunks1504[/bold] wrote: Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying...[/p][/quote]So that's around £2 a day. Complete bargain, you can't park many places for more than an hour or two for that. mansell5
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Sat 31 May 14

Wurzel Bob says...

MPH staff, feel free to park on Belmont Road. The closer to this 'sign', the better!
MPH staff, feel free to park on Belmont Road. The closer to this 'sign', the better! Wurzel Bob
  • Score: 11

6:44pm Sat 31 May 14

JodieTheyer says...

chunks1504 wrote:
Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying...
Divided into a daily average that's a fairly sound price to pay for a staff member to pay.
Especially compared to those working in town who often have to pay around £5-7 a day to park.

However I'm on the fence about the whole situation because why should staff members have to pay to park at work? And why should people have to pay to visit ill relatives in hospital?
It's not just hospital staff causing the issue around the area though, people just need to pay attention to where they are parking. Be sure you aren't blocking anyone in or out, is there enough room for emergency vehicles and such.
[quote][p][bold]chunks1504[/bold] wrote: Parking in the Q-Park multi-storey at MPH for a part-time employee is around £300 pa. Just saying...[/p][/quote]Divided into a daily average that's a fairly sound price to pay for a staff member to pay. Especially compared to those working in town who often have to pay around £5-7 a day to park. However I'm on the fence about the whole situation because why should staff members have to pay to park at work? And why should people have to pay to visit ill relatives in hospital? It's not just hospital staff causing the issue around the area though, people just need to pay attention to where they are parking. Be sure you aren't blocking anyone in or out, is there enough room for emergency vehicles and such. JodieTheyer
  • Score: 10

9:29pm Sat 31 May 14

Little_Owly says...

I live just outside the limits of permit allowance. It would take me 2 bus journeys to get to work and 2 bus journeys home, after an 8 or 12 hour shift this is the last thing I need. It would take me 1 hour and 10 minutes to walk there and more than likely twice as long to walk home with sore feet at the end of the day! I don't like cycling, it doesnt feel safe, partly due to roads and traffic, partly to being a woman out at night alone, partly due to having friends knocked off their bikes (and partly because I dont have a bike!) If I had to pay to use the hospital car park, at nearly £9 a day it would cost £45 a week as I work 5 days a week, all needing a full days ticket. Thats £180 a month. Thats ridiculous. Even those who CAN get permits are finding it difficult to get parking, there simply arent enough spaces for all the staff. And I understand the waiting list for a permit for those actually allowed one is long.

What is the answer? I dont know. A park and ride system that works would be a good start, something that starts at 6.30am for a 7am start and drops you at the hospital. And then stays open till at least 9pm (I frequently finish work past 8pm) The current park and ride is far too limited and not aimed at the hospital - not like the Exeter one. A constant shuttle bus service would be ideal, hospital to car, for safety.

For now, until the hospital comes up with a solution all I can hope is that people that do park in the area would do so with consideration for the locals, not blocking any driveways or causing an obstruction. Then hopefully the locals can have a little tolerance and understanding and realise that for some people, there is no other option. If the hospital wants staff, we need to park SOMEWHERE. Maybe all the residents could get together and do something constructive like put together a petition to get us more parking.
I live just outside the limits of permit allowance. It would take me 2 bus journeys to get to work and 2 bus journeys home, after an 8 or 12 hour shift this is the last thing I need. It would take me 1 hour and 10 minutes to walk there and more than likely twice as long to walk home with sore feet at the end of the day! I don't like cycling, it doesnt feel safe, partly due to roads and traffic, partly to being a woman out at night alone, partly due to having friends knocked off their bikes (and partly because I dont have a bike!) If I had to pay to use the hospital car park, at nearly £9 a day it would cost £45 a week as I work 5 days a week, all needing a full days ticket. Thats £180 a month. Thats ridiculous. Even those who CAN get permits are finding it difficult to get parking, there simply arent enough spaces for all the staff. And I understand the waiting list for a permit for those actually allowed one is long. What is the answer? I dont know. A park and ride system that works would be a good start, something that starts at 6.30am for a 7am start and drops you at the hospital. And then stays open till at least 9pm (I frequently finish work past 8pm) The current park and ride is far too limited and not aimed at the hospital - not like the Exeter one. A constant shuttle bus service would be ideal, hospital to car, for safety. For now, until the hospital comes up with a solution all I can hope is that people that do park in the area would do so with consideration for the locals, not blocking any driveways or causing an obstruction. Then hopefully the locals can have a little tolerance and understanding and realise that for some people, there is no other option. If the hospital wants staff, we need to park SOMEWHERE. Maybe all the residents could get together and do something constructive like put together a petition to get us more parking. Little_Owly
  • Score: 21

9:38pm Sat 31 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

The local councillors have tried to help and been blocked by the residents. Drive down there earlier and realised how lucky I am not to live there what a dump!

Unfortunately the average person who lives there has trouble understanding how traffic enforcement works.

They have been offered yellow lines. No then we cant park!!

Ok best option permits. No then we have to pay a small annual charge. What they want is a magic change to the law that means these special needs lot can park there but anyone they don't want to can't!
The local councillors have tried to help and been blocked by the residents. Drive down there earlier and realised how lucky I am not to live there what a dump! Unfortunately the average person who lives there has trouble understanding how traffic enforcement works. They have been offered yellow lines. No then we cant park!! Ok best option permits. No then we have to pay a small annual charge. What they want is a magic change to the law that means these special needs lot can park there but anyone they don't want to can't! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -7

7:43am Sun 1 Jun 14

GoingGreen says...

...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking.
...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking. GoingGreen
  • Score: -7

1:34pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Wurzel Bob says...

GoingGreen wrote:
...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking.
Laziness? How rude.

Remember this issue is not solely due to hospital staff - but also visitors & contractors who opt not to use the on-site (3rd party) parking facilities.

To suggest that staff would want to, or should have to, add lengthy cycle rides at the beginning and end of their long, busy shifts - often without the expected breaks, is short-sighted and totally out of order.

Q Park could act to ease the situation - however as they are fulfilling a contract to make as much profit as possible, staff / subsidised parking is no doubt not very high on their list of priorities.
[quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: ...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking.[/p][/quote]Laziness? How rude. Remember this issue is not solely due to hospital staff - but also visitors & contractors who opt not to use the on-site (3rd party) parking facilities. To suggest that staff would want to, or should have to, add lengthy cycle rides at the beginning and end of their long, busy shifts - often without the expected breaks, is short-sighted and totally out of order. Q Park could act to ease the situation - however as they are fulfilling a contract to make as much profit as possible, staff / subsidised parking is no doubt not very high on their list of priorities. Wurzel Bob
  • Score: 12

3:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

heather147 says...

I do sympathise with the people in Belmont Road. People who work at the hospital just dump their cars anywhere to avoid paying to park it in the hospital grounds. It would make me angry too, especially as some of them live within walking distance of the hospital.

I know exactly how they feel. Where I live we often have golfers dumping their cars and walking up to Vivary Park when there is a perfectly good car park at the back of Wilton Lands near the church. Why do they do it? To avoid paying around £2 - £3 to park their car for a couple of hours while they enjoy a round of golf. Never mind the residents here who can't park outside their own properties.
I do sympathise with the people in Belmont Road. People who work at the hospital just dump their cars anywhere to avoid paying to park it in the hospital grounds. It would make me angry too, especially as some of them live within walking distance of the hospital. I know exactly how they feel. Where I live we often have golfers dumping their cars and walking up to Vivary Park when there is a perfectly good car park at the back of Wilton Lands near the church. Why do they do it? To avoid paying around £2 - £3 to park their car for a couple of hours while they enjoy a round of golf. Never mind the residents here who can't park outside their own properties. heather147
  • Score: -2

3:17pm Sun 1 Jun 14

GoingGreen says...

Wurzel Bob wrote:
GoingGreen wrote:
...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking.
Laziness? How rude.

Remember this issue is not solely due to hospital staff - but also visitors & contractors who opt not to use the on-site (3rd party) parking facilities.

To suggest that staff would want to, or should have to, add lengthy cycle rides at the beginning and end of their long, busy shifts - often without the expected breaks, is short-sighted and totally out of order.

Q Park could act to ease the situation - however as they are fulfilling a contract to make as much profit as possible, staff / subsidised parking is no doubt not very high on their list of priorities.
Other people do, just not enough. Not rude, fact.
[quote][p][bold]Wurzel Bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GoingGreen[/bold] wrote: ...and there is part of the problem. A post above suggests a 25 min cycle ride (rough equivalent to a 1 hour 10min walk) isn't an option. Safety is certainly an issue, but also laziness for many. Obviously, some people cannot cycle for other reasons, and that is fine but it appears to me that less cars is the only solution to congestion and lack of parking.[/p][/quote]Laziness? How rude. Remember this issue is not solely due to hospital staff - but also visitors & contractors who opt not to use the on-site (3rd party) parking facilities. To suggest that staff would want to, or should have to, add lengthy cycle rides at the beginning and end of their long, busy shifts - often without the expected breaks, is short-sighted and totally out of order. Q Park could act to ease the situation - however as they are fulfilling a contract to make as much profit as possible, staff / subsidised parking is no doubt not very high on their list of priorities.[/p][/quote]Other people do, just not enough. Not rude, fact. GoingGreen
  • Score: -15

5:25pm Sun 1 Jun 14

boliston says...

heather147 wrote:
I do sympathise with the people in Belmont Road. People who work at the hospital just dump their cars anywhere to avoid paying to park it in the hospital grounds. It would make me angry too, especially as some of them live within walking distance of the hospital.

I know exactly how they feel. Where I live we often have golfers dumping their cars and walking up to Vivary Park when there is a perfectly good car park at the back of Wilton Lands near the church. Why do they do it? To avoid paying around £2 - £3 to park their car for a couple of hours while they enjoy a round of golf. Never mind the residents here who can't park outside their own properties.
People should be grateful to have the facility to park for free in their own street - the nearest unrestricted "on street" parking to where I live is at least a 5 minute brisk walk. It is hardly surprising that people will park for free rather than pay if the option is there, unless it's a very long walk. Someone on a low wage might have to work for half an hour to pay for their parking, so if they can find parking with less than a half hour return walking distance then it's a no-brainer to park for free & walk.
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: I do sympathise with the people in Belmont Road. People who work at the hospital just dump their cars anywhere to avoid paying to park it in the hospital grounds. It would make me angry too, especially as some of them live within walking distance of the hospital. I know exactly how they feel. Where I live we often have golfers dumping their cars and walking up to Vivary Park when there is a perfectly good car park at the back of Wilton Lands near the church. Why do they do it? To avoid paying around £2 - £3 to park their car for a couple of hours while they enjoy a round of golf. Never mind the residents here who can't park outside their own properties.[/p][/quote]People should be grateful to have the facility to park for free in their own street - the nearest unrestricted "on street" parking to where I live is at least a 5 minute brisk walk. It is hardly surprising that people will park for free rather than pay if the option is there, unless it's a very long walk. Someone on a low wage might have to work for half an hour to pay for their parking, so if they can find parking with less than a half hour return walking distance then it's a no-brainer to park for free & walk. boliston
  • Score: 5

9:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Useacarpark.com says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
The local councillors have tried to help and been blocked by the residents. Drive down there earlier and realised how lucky I am not to live there what a dump!

Unfortunately the average person who lives there has trouble understanding how traffic enforcement works.

They have been offered yellow lines. No then we cant park!!

Ok best option permits. No then we have to pay a small annual charge. What they want is a magic change to the law that means these special needs lot can park there but anyone they don't want to can't!
I'm amazed that someone of your intellect managed to construct a post that made sense! Oh wait......
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: The local councillors have tried to help and been blocked by the residents. Drive down there earlier and realised how lucky I am not to live there what a dump! Unfortunately the average person who lives there has trouble understanding how traffic enforcement works. They have been offered yellow lines. No then we cant park!! Ok best option permits. No then we have to pay a small annual charge. What they want is a magic change to the law that means these special needs lot can park there but anyone they don't want to can't![/p][/quote]I'm amazed that someone of your intellect managed to construct a post that made sense! Oh wait...... Useacarpark.com
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

Nobody has the right to park on the publically maintained highway, it is for passing and re-passing. If there are permits and spaces then these still do not guarantee a spot.

If there are no parking restrictions then you can park as long as you are not causing a blockage or within 20m of a junction etc.

Trouble is if you park without causing an oppostruction and then someone else parks opposite and causes a blockage to large vehicles, emergency services then most likely you will both get a ticket.

Prefferred option is to live somewhere with a drive. Makes your premiums less too. Failing that somewhere with an allocated parking spot off the public highway.

That sign is totally unenforceable. I choose wisely where I park for risk of getting the car keyed or knocked if someone has to squeeze past or even broken into.
Nobody has the right to park on the publically maintained highway, it is for passing and re-passing. If there are permits and spaces then these still do not guarantee a spot. If there are no parking restrictions then you can park as long as you are not causing a blockage or within 20m of a junction etc. Trouble is if you park without causing an oppostruction and then someone else parks opposite and causes a blockage to large vehicles, emergency services then most likely you will both get a ticket. Prefferred option is to live somewhere with a drive. Makes your premiums less too. Failing that somewhere with an allocated parking spot off the public highway. That sign is totally unenforceable. I choose wisely where I park for risk of getting the car keyed or knocked if someone has to squeeze past or even broken into. swjoduk
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Useacarpark.com says...

I bet all the older people who park on the streets of galmington remember the good old days where kids could play games in the street: tennis, football, kerby etc? We'll kids living near the hospital certainly won't! Perhaps the people who drive in and park here would like a taste of their own medicine? Excuse the hospital related pun! And before some smart arse mentions the big park nearby, you can't play tennis on the grass and there are no kerbs for kerby
I bet all the older people who park on the streets of galmington remember the good old days where kids could play games in the street: tennis, football, kerby etc? We'll kids living near the hospital certainly won't! Perhaps the people who drive in and park here would like a taste of their own medicine? Excuse the hospital related pun! And before some smart arse mentions the big park nearby, you can't play tennis on the grass and there are no kerbs for kerby Useacarpark.com
  • Score: -1

5:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ladybird14 says...

you would think Q PARK makes enough money to let the staff park for free as for the housing est i think you need to try and bear with it as at some point we all need the hospital staff
you would think Q PARK makes enough money to let the staff park for free as for the housing est i think you need to try and bear with it as at some point we all need the hospital staff ladybird14
  • Score: -1

10:39am Tue 3 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away. cleverblonde
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

ladybird14 wrote:
you would think Q PARK makes enough money to let the staff park for free as for the housing est i think you need to try and bear with it as at some point we all need the hospital staff
What makes you think they have recovered their capital investment in the multi storey? Just a guess work?


It was 25 year deal to recover their investment and make an agreed profit level with the hospital trust. Not even half way through that period.
[quote][p][bold]ladybird14[/bold] wrote: you would think Q PARK makes enough money to let the staff park for free as for the housing est i think you need to try and bear with it as at some point we all need the hospital staff[/p][/quote]What makes you think they have recovered their capital investment in the multi storey? Just a guess work? It was 25 year deal to recover their investment and make an agreed profit level with the hospital trust. Not even half way through that period. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -2

12:27pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind, Mi_Coc
  • Score: -12

4:10pm Tue 3 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that. cleverblonde
  • Score: 11

8:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

I don't think NHS staff at the hospital should have to pay to park whatsoever, in any shape or form. Q Park are just plain greedy.
I don't think NHS staff at the hospital should have to pay to park whatsoever, in any shape or form. Q Park are just plain greedy. Dr Dave
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -7

9:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

Dr Dave wrote:
I don't think NHS staff at the hospital should have to pay to park whatsoever, in any shape or form. Q Park are just plain greedy.
Are you the socialist twerp!


Those capitalist pigs at a park how dare they invest millions in building a good car park infrastructure at musgrove and then expect to make some money out of it and recover their Capital investment.

How dare they.

Don't blame them the trust signed the car parking over to them for 25 years and agreed to these terms.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Dave[/bold] wrote: I don't think NHS staff at the hospital should have to pay to park whatsoever, in any shape or form. Q Park are just plain greedy.[/p][/quote]Are you the socialist twerp! Those capitalist pigs at a park how dare they invest millions in building a good car park infrastructure at musgrove and then expect to make some money out of it and recover their Capital investment. How dare they. Don't blame them the trust signed the car parking over to them for 25 years and agreed to these terms. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -6

9:22pm Tue 3 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here.
Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here. Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is cleverblonde
  • Score: 7

9:34pm Tue 3 Jun 14

boliston says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus. boliston
  • Score: 12

10:15am Wed 4 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

boliston wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.
There is a park an ride by the m5 not just the silk mills one. This is right on her route I would suggest.
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.[/p][/quote]There is a park an ride by the m5 not just the silk mills one. This is right on her route I would suggest. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -2

10:22am Wed 4 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here.
Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is
There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home.

Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge.

You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking.

Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked!
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here. Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is[/p][/quote]There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home. Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge. You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking. Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -4

11:44am Wed 4 Jun 14

heather147 says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here.
Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is
There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home.

Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge.

You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking.

Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked!
Totally agree. It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car. I know public transport is not good in Taunton but even so. How do they get the money to pay for them as well as the high insurance?

I used to live in Chard and worked at Musgrove. The No 99 bus from Chard goes straight to Musgrove. You can buy a day ticket or a weekly ticket (neither one expensive) on it. It leaves Chard about 7.35 am and gets to the hospital about 8.30 am depending on traffic. They are on the half hour going back. I only ever had a problem on a Friday afternoon in peak holiday season when the holiday traffic was gridlocking Taunton. It was far better and far cheaper than driving and no problem with or cost of parking.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here. Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is[/p][/quote]There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home. Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge. You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking. Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked![/p][/quote]Totally agree. It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car. I know public transport is not good in Taunton but even so. How do they get the money to pay for them as well as the high insurance? I used to live in Chard and worked at Musgrove. The No 99 bus from Chard goes straight to Musgrove. You can buy a day ticket or a weekly ticket (neither one expensive) on it. It leaves Chard about 7.35 am and gets to the hospital about 8.30 am depending on traffic. They are on the half hour going back. I only ever had a problem on a Friday afternoon in peak holiday season when the holiday traffic was gridlocking Taunton. It was far better and far cheaper than driving and no problem with or cost of parking. heather147
  • Score: -6

12:23pm Wed 4 Jun 14

heather147 says...

cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
I used to work at Musgrove and live in Chard.

Have you tried advertising on the hospital's bulletin board for a car share to and from work? This may be useful if there are 2 or more of you in similar circumstances and you are willing to take it in turns to drive to and from Taunton.
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]I used to work at Musgrove and live in Chard. Have you tried advertising on the hospital's bulletin board for a car share to and from work? This may be useful if there are 2 or more of you in similar circumstances and you are willing to take it in turns to drive to and from Taunton. heather147
  • Score: -1

1:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here.
Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is
There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home.

Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge.

You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking.

Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked!
I did not comment on here to be personally attacked about how I travel to work.

I actually miss out all of the traffic because I drive home through Trull.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here. Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is[/p][/quote]There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home. Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge. You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking. Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked![/p][/quote]I did not comment on here to be personally attacked about how I travel to work. I actually miss out all of the traffic because I drive home through Trull. cleverblonde
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

heather147 wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here.
Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is
There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home.

Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge.

You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking.

Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked!
Totally agree. It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car. I know public transport is not good in Taunton but even so. How do they get the money to pay for them as well as the high insurance?

I used to live in Chard and worked at Musgrove. The No 99 bus from Chard goes straight to Musgrove. You can buy a day ticket or a weekly ticket (neither one expensive) on it. It leaves Chard about 7.35 am and gets to the hospital about 8.30 am depending on traffic. They are on the half hour going back. I only ever had a problem on a Friday afternoon in peak holiday season when the holiday traffic was gridlocking Taunton. It was far better and far cheaper than driving and no problem with or cost of parking.
Sorry but from what you and Mi_Coc are saying, it seems as though you are trying to stop the younger generation from driving. Sounds to me like with the comment " It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car." - you are trying to say that nobody at 17 should drive?

I actually saved for 2 years until I was 19 to get a car and worked extremely hard to be able to afford lessons, car and insurance. And now I'm being told by strangers that I shouldn't be driving, when I spent so much time, money and hard work on achieving the goal of being able to drive?
[quote][p][bold]heather147[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Park and ride is an inconvenience for me as on the busy main road and traffic is horrendous there. I usually drive back ways. I have never personally inconvenienced the residents of galmington, as I said earlier I make it my upmost aim to make sure I am not inconveniencing anyone and I don't park on the road mentioned here. Not that it's any of your business, but I drive an X reg 998cc micra which is worth about £300. My insurance is high as only passed my test last September and it's high for every young person now regardless of how rubbish the car is[/p][/quote]There is no wining park and ride is a on busy road. Your drive at 5-6pm is rush hour on some of tauntons busiest roads and you maoned in previous post how long ti took to get home. Yes and the road from m5 to the hospital are never busy and it didnt take me 40 minutes to go from galmington last at 5.30 last night to o'bridge. You don't need to drive you want to and the residents have to suffer the congestion and parking. Its because of the I have to drive everwywhere attitude that taunton is gridlocked![/p][/quote]Totally agree. It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car. I know public transport is not good in Taunton but even so. How do they get the money to pay for them as well as the high insurance? I used to live in Chard and worked at Musgrove. The No 99 bus from Chard goes straight to Musgrove. You can buy a day ticket or a weekly ticket (neither one expensive) on it. It leaves Chard about 7.35 am and gets to the hospital about 8.30 am depending on traffic. They are on the half hour going back. I only ever had a problem on a Friday afternoon in peak holiday season when the holiday traffic was gridlocking Taunton. It was far better and far cheaper than driving and no problem with or cost of parking.[/p][/quote]Sorry but from what you and Mi_Coc are saying, it seems as though you are trying to stop the younger generation from driving. Sounds to me like with the comment " It seems to me that as soon as a teenager reaches the age of 17 an absolute "must have" is a car." - you are trying to say that nobody at 17 should drive? I actually saved for 2 years until I was 19 to get a car and worked extremely hard to be able to afford lessons, car and insurance. And now I'm being told by strangers that I shouldn't be driving, when I spent so much time, money and hard work on achieving the goal of being able to drive? cleverblonde
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
boliston wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.
There is a park an ride by the m5 not just the silk mills one. This is right on her route I would suggest.
No it is not on my route.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.[/p][/quote]There is a park an ride by the m5 not just the silk mills one. This is right on her route I would suggest.[/p][/quote]No it is not on my route. cleverblonde
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

cleverblonde says...

boliston wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.
Thank you! That is my point!! I drive through Blagdon Hill
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.[/p][/quote]Thank you! That is my point!! I drive through Blagdon Hill cleverblonde
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

You could come down through ruishton and the park and ride avoid the need for driving into galmington.
You could come down through ruishton and the park and ride avoid the need for driving into galmington. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -1

2:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mi_Coc says...

cleverblonde wrote:
boliston wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
Mi_Coc wrote:
cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal.

I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton.

You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence.

Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs.

servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65.

£3600 insurance and fuel
£165 servicing and tyres (not including mot)

£3765 per anum.

I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week.

48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920.

you would be £1845 better off.

I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,
I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know.
Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think.
I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine.
It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.
You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking.

What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot!
Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.
Thank you! That is my point!! I drive through Blagdon Hill
Ok so say the council introduce a permit scheme in galmington and you would receive a £60 FNP for parking were you do now what would you do?
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]Some of the parking isn't legal, I have seen junction clogged within 10 metres and driveways blocked. None of that is legal. I assume you live with parents and cant afford to move to taunton. You might want to look at buses as with £300 a month in just fuel and insurance not including the capital investment into the car and on going maintenance, mot and vehicle exercise licence. Lets assume the car is new and you have no mot costs. servicing is £100 per year and you need 1 tyre a year £65. £3600 insurance and fuel £165 servicing and tyres (not including mot) £3765 per anum. I think you would find you don't need to park in galmington and would have money to spend on other things as a bus pass would be no more £40 per week. 48 weeks worth of bus pass £1920. you would be £1845 better off. I can imagine you would rather have the car and your freedom however but its not a cost issues it personal choice in my mind,[/p][/quote]I wasn't asking for advice. Do you not think that using half of my wages on getting to work, I wouldn't have explorer all the other available angles? It is not a personal choice at all, don't make assumptions on something you don't know. Buses are extremely unreliable, if they improved the system perhaps I would take the bus. But that is an hour to work and an hour from work, they also do not run very often to chard and are not as cheap as you think. I merely wrote my comment to ask the public not to tarnish every NHS employee with the same brush; we all have our own reasons for what we do. I gave you mine. It is a not a personal choice and I can 100% assure you of that.[/p][/quote]You may have explorered but you could save fuel and time by using the park and ride it would only cost 1.50 and would ave you driven into Taunton thus easing congestion. The buses for this are reliable as I have used it myself with no issues, then you wouldn't have to inconvenience thee residents of galmington with your parking. What do you drive out of interest as 140 a month for insurance is a lot![/p][/quote]Not sure how the park and ride would help someone driving from chard as the quickest route would be down blagdon hill into galmington - getting from galmington to the park and ride would then simply add more time, only to retrace your route in a bus.[/p][/quote]Thank you! That is my point!! I drive through Blagdon Hill[/p][/quote]Ok so say the council introduce a permit scheme in galmington and you would receive a £60 FNP for parking were you do now what would you do? Mi_Coc
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

heather147 says...

cleverblonde wrote:
I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal.
I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation.

I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit.

I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all.

So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.
If you don't mind, I can suggest an alternative place to park. It is a bit of a walk though - about 15 minutes to the hospital and 20 minutes back (it is uphill on the way back).

It is on Sherford Road. If you go past Queen's College and then the pedestrian crossing, you will see a road on the right. If you turn right here, immediately on your right you will see some cars parked on the other side of the road. If you get here for about 8.00 am you should have no trouble finding a space. I don't think it is full even later in the day.

I think you would be safer here as not only is it a better area, but you will not be parking outside someone's house. The only problem is the bit of a walk but it might be worth it to avoid the hassle of parking nearer the hospital.

It was just a thought.

Good luck.
[quote][p][bold]cleverblonde[/bold] wrote: I would just like to balance out the sides of this argument a bit. I think it's completely understandable that the residents are upset with NHS staff parking in their streets, however, as people have said it is perfectly legal. I would like to tell you a bit about myself to perhaps allow you all to get an understanding of different people's situation. I work at Musgrove as an apprentice medical secretary. I earn £600 a month. I live in Chard and it takes me around 40 minutes to travel in each day depending on traffic, this costs me £160 a month to travel in. My car insurance costs me £140 a month as I am 19 years old and car insurance is high at the moment. - Now to park in Q Park, it would cost me roughly £30 a month, with my other outgoings, this is not something that I can afford. Even if I could afford it, the waiting list is so long that it would take months for me to get a permit. I do park in Galmington, however where I park is very limited as the street I park in only has a few spaces due to yellow lines being put in place. It takes me 15 to 20 minutes to walk into work every morning after a 40 minute car journey. Believe me, if I could get a parking permit, I would, because leaving Chard at 7 am every morning and not getting back until 6 pm every night is not nice at all. So please, when you judge others for parking in residential areas, bear in mind that some of us really don't have much of a choice. I do my best to make sure that my car is not disrupting the road or drives - if there is not adequate space I park further away.[/p][/quote]If you don't mind, I can suggest an alternative place to park. It is a bit of a walk though - about 15 minutes to the hospital and 20 minutes back (it is uphill on the way back). It is on Sherford Road. If you go past Queen's College and then the pedestrian crossing, you will see a road on the right. If you turn right here, immediately on your right you will see some cars parked on the other side of the road. If you get here for about 8.00 am you should have no trouble finding a space. I don't think it is full even later in the day. I think you would be safer here as not only is it a better area, but you will not be parking outside someone's house. The only problem is the bit of a walk but it might be worth it to avoid the hassle of parking nearer the hospital. It was just a thought. Good luck. heather147
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