Extra parking agreed at Pembury site

Tunbridge Wells Council planning committee has agreed to an additional 100 parking spaces for visitors in the grounds of the new hospital at Pembury in Kent. The committee's approval means that when the new hospital redevelopment is completed in early 2012 there will be 950 spaces for staff and 350 for visitors. Graham Goddard, new hospital development director for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, said: "At a public meeting in Pembury, villagers and representatives of patients and visitors were quick to point out that the original allocation of 250 was not sufficient as for so many people the car is their only means of transport. The challenge in providing additional spaces has been to locate them within a convenient distance to the main entrance as this is where reception, the meet-and-greet service, and wayfinding are located."