A new multi-storey car park should be built to cope with future demand at the Wrexham Maelor hospital, a Plaid Cymru candidate has said.
Councillor Carrie Harper, who is Plaid Cymru's Assembly candidate for Wrexham, welcomed news that the health board was conducting a review of parking due to pressures for staff, outpatients and visitors caused by a lack of parking places at the hospital.
"The parking at the hospital seems to be getting worse and, if outpatients are late for appointments, then that's a cost for the health board. So too is any delay for doctors or nurses and other health workers unable to find a parking place.
"Public transport directly to the hospital isn't great and it serves a wide area stretching all the way down to Barmouth, so it's inevitable that many visitors will be in cars.
"In addition, the fast growth in population locally has put an enormous strain on our health service and future population growth is being forecast at more than 3,000 a year for the borough. This is going to stretch hospital services even further, including parking.
"It therefore makes sense to start planning now and that's why I think the health board should consider developing a multi-storey car park similar to the one recently opened at Leicester Hospital. It's not an ideal situation by any means but the sooner the problem is addressed the quicker the solution can be found.
"The new overflow parking area seems like an ideal spot for such a multi-storey car park and I hope we see action soon."