DGH parking charges raise three quarters of a million pounds for NHS Trust

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Parking charges at the DGH have raised £764,000 for the NHS trust which runs the hospital.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust operates a pay to park policy at the Kings Drive site, with prices ranging from £1.40 for between 30 minutes and an hour up to £14.50 for between 12 and 24 hours.

The main car park is pay-on-exit, with other areas pay-and-display and many locals have complained of having to shell out to visit friends or family at the hospital.

However, the Trust has long-defended its position and earlier this week the Herald discovered exactly how cash is generated by the scheme.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that in the last 12 months the payments generated £764,000 at the DGH, compared to £583,000 at the Trust’s sister site in St Leonards.

A spokesman for the DGH said, “The money raised from car parking goes towards providing car parking services and healthcare facilities across the Trust.

“Car parking income also support the Trust’s Healthy Transport Policy which encourages all to use alternative modes of transport.”