RMBC tried to sting NHS for almost £250,000! Part Three

Undeterred Don enquired further:

Sent: Wednesday, 5 October 2011, 10:52
Subject: YOUR LETTER REF: BJ/JF

Dear Mr James,

Thank you for your prompt and very courteous letter of 2011.09.22, ref: BJ/JF, which I received in response to my conversation with your secretary Julie when I recently had a series of very negative patient experiences at Rotherham District General Hospital.

I am most grateful to Julie for taking the time to professionally and very sympathetically listen to my concerns on the day, and to you for the manner in which you have responded by letter to the concerns that Julie passed on to you.

You state in the second paragraph of your letter: “Unfortunately the Trust is unable to obtain planning permission from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to extend the number of parking spaces available at the Hospital. Your comments have however been passed to the Estates department for their information”.

Since receiving your letter I have researched and obtained the following information from the RMBC website:

1. Application for Outline Planning Permission for Staff Surface Car Park to be developed with 2 Additional Storeys

http://roam.rotherham.gov.uk/PDF/PlanningPDF/RB2009-0455.pdf

2. Agenda and Minutes of RMBC Planning Board Meeting, 26 November 2009

http://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=290&MID=7562#AI45177

3. Minutes of RMBC Planning Board Meeting, 26 November 2009

http://moderngov.rotherham.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=7451&T=11

Here is part of Item T95 of the above document:

T95. OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK

AT ROTHERHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL, MOORGATE ROAD, MOORGATE

FOR ROTHERHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (RB2009/0455)

 Consideration was given to a report by the Director of Planning and Regeneration Service, which detailed the above application for outline planning permission.

 Resolved:- (1) That the Council enter into an agreement with the applicant under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the purposes of ensuring the provision of funding to cover the costs of consultation and any subsequent implementation of a residents’ parking scheme and/or associated or alternative parking restrictions.

(2) That, upon the satisfactory conclusion of such an agreement, the Council grant permission for the reasons adopted by Members at the meeting and subject to the following conditions:-

You may, like me, appreciate that the Council minutes appear to show that RMBC have indeed granted outline planning permission for a multi-story car park which then appears to contradict the statement in your letter: “Unfortunately the Trust is unable to obtain planning permission from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council to extend the number of parking spaces available at the Hospital. Your comments have however been passed to the Estates department for their information”.

I would very much appreciate if you are able to explain to me that which at first view appears a paradox and how two such apparently contradictory statements about the same RDGH car parking can satisfactorily align together.

Did the fact that RMBC were seeking to obtain an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the purposes of ensuring the provision of funding to cover the costs of consultation and any subsequent implementation of a residents’ parking scheme and/or associated or alternative parking restrictions have any bearing on RDGH decision making on whether or not to proceed with extensions to the car parking?

Please will you confirm what potential funding costs would have been incurred by RDGH if they had entered into a Section 106 Agreement with RMBC.

I would be grateful for any further information or explanation you are able to give me in this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

Donald H. Buxton

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