Hospital fire ‘is costing us thousands’

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MANAGERS at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have revealed they are losing tens of thousands of pounds a month in parking revenue after a devastating fire damaged the car park barriers.

Health chiefs say they normally receive about £40,000 a month in car parking fees, but have been unable to charge since the fire on June 25.

Parts of the hospital, including the main entrance, were severely damaged by the blaze which started in a fridge in the on-site newsagents due to an electrical fault.

The electronic systems were also knocked out and since the fire, visitors have been able to park for free at the hospital.

A trust spokeswoman said they were working to restore the systems.

Sarah Turner-Saint said: “Our car parking income is about £500,000 a year.

“The fire knocked out the car park barriers so we have had no income from car parking since the fire.

“You’re looking at a substantial amount of money and the loss adjustors are on site on a daily basis.”

No-one was injured in the blaze but it will take up to six months and cost “millions of pounds” to repair the badly-damaged front entrance.