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A little clarity and compassion on hospital parking sorely needed

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13.02.2019

My wife is slowly dying in the Canberra hospital. I have been with her all through almost every night of the 12 weeks that she has been lovingly cared for there over the past year by the fantastic nursing staff. I see many clusters of relatives watching lives slowly ebbing away or loved ones in pain. But where can you park if you need more time than the car park permits?

In a year of driving around the multistorey car park looking for a space I had never seen the "All Day Parking" section. I would willingly have sought it out if I could find it but decided it was a myth.

So I always seek out a space in the six-hour section.

Last week, after a gruelling few days of seeing the worst brain cancer can inflict on a loved one I needed to spend a weekend with my five school-aged children who are coping without either parent. When I got to my car I had a ticket.

After asking the poor staff at the reception desk where I was supposed to park I burst into tears. They sympathised and were also unsure where "All Day Parking" was permitted. I pulled myself together and set out to see whether it really was a myth.

Send your opinions to letters.editor@canberratimes.com.auCredit:The Canberra Times

The one-hour, two-hour, four-hour and six-hour sections are all clearly labelled with a sign on each pillar facing the traffic so it is clear what you are committing to. Finally on one side of one lane on the highest floor accessible by the public I found a section that has no signs on the pillars.

Further investigation found a single small sign perpendicular to the traffic that indicates this is the "All Day Parking" section.

Does this lack of signage assist in car park revenue collection?

This is not acceptable.

There is a system for asking wards to ring through an exemption but this is not made known to visitors or many staff on wards.

Can we please have some compassion and clarity to address this issue?

Matthew Farran, Bendoc, Vic

Professor Ken Maher, who is helping guide the design of the West Basin precinct.Credit:Elesa Kurtz

No matter how many well-intentioned academics say that the redevelopment of south-facing West Basin can be done sensitively, the property developers of this town, and the sellers of the subject ACT land, will stuff it up.

We will be left with the dross in the form of overly dense, sunless, serried ranks of poorly built flats; stealing the public domain, and ruining the national significance of the place ("2000 apartments slated for lake", January 9, p1).

Leave the fine, heritage-important Parkes Way and City Hill alone (the concept of "city to the lake" has always been questionable). The City Renewal Authority should be concentrating on getting Northbourne Avenue right.

On a related matter, it's time for the "archbishop's house" on the south-east corner of Parkes Way and Commonwealth Avenue to become a public facility, now that the once-mooted cathedral will never be be built there (it's in Manuka).

Jack Kershaw, Kambah

Jack Palmer's dismissal of concerns regarding light rail as mere protests from the peasantry (Letters, February 12) cannot stand unchallenged.

We should do more than design a transport system as an adornment to but one city entrance. Light rail should actually work as a transport system.

The increased residential population density along Northbourne, itself a revenue raiser for the ACT government and an offset against the high financial cost of light rail, will likely result in more vehicular congestion on that route than ever before.

I hardly think a traffic jam would be regarded as a bold proclamation of our sophistication, although perhaps I'm a peasant and the beauty escapes me.

Because there is no third rail along Stage One, or sufficient rolling stock capacity at either end of that route, the........

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