More Blue Badge parking spaces created at Conquest

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EXTRA parking spaces for disabled drivers and visitors have been created at the Conquest Hospital’s car parks.

Bosses at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital on The Ridge, together with Eastbourne DGH, has placed the new spaces closer to the main entrance for holders of the Blue Badge.

This will mean free disabled spaces will no longer be available in the main barrier control car park from October 17.

At the Conquest there are 298 spaces, which include 28 Blue Badge spaces.

The number of disabled spaces will go up to 45.

George Melling, the trust’s commercial director, said: “We have listened to blue badge holders’ feedback about their current parking arrangements at both hospitals. “We have increased the number of disabled spaces and put them closer to the entrances to the hospitals, reducing the travel distance before entering the hospital.

“Additional signage will be put in place to direct blue badges holders to these new spaces and away from the barrier controlled ‘pay on exit’ car park which will no longer have any free disabled parking spaces.”