More parking spaces at BGH planned

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NHS Borders has lodged a planning application to create 44 more long stay car parking spaces at the BGH.

Part of the central grassed area, which also houses the helipad, will be converted into parking spaces, should the application get the green light.

The section of ground subject to the application is that furthest from the main entrance to the hospital, with the helipad remaining in place.

In August the health board received planning permission to create more spaces close to the education centre at the BGH.

David McLuckie, director of estates and facilities, told The Southern: “This recent planning application is to create a further 44 long stay parking spaces to the north of the helicopter landing pad area at the front of the hospital.

“The previous planning application was to adapt and create additional parking spaces near the headquarters and education centre and within long stay car park three.”

Asked if there was any land left which could be converted to car parking after this, Mr McLuckie said: “This is not the last remaining area of ground within the BGH complex where additional parking could be provided, however this area is being considered due to its close proximity to the main hospital building.”