New paid parking at senior residences
On Monday, the Cavendish Health and Social Services Board (CSSS) introduced a new paid parking policy.
Parking pay stations have been installed at their seven sites, which include two CLSCs, two rehab hospitals and four long term care centres.
Visitors of St-Andrews Senior Residence now have to pay $4 an hour or $8 a day to park.
Some family members visiting daily say the price is too high and that it will worsen the isolation that residents already feel.
“I’m not a wealthy man and for me to pay $8 or even $4 a day is a lot,” a family member told CJAD.
“As a result it’s the people that are neglected and see their family members once a week or once a month that will suffer; they won’t even see them that much if their family have to pay so much to park.”
The CSSS Cavendish says the provincial government implemented paid parking norms in 2007 and they could no longer put off adopting them.
“If we don’t charge for parking then there’s a risk that we are using other budgets that are dedicated to client services,” Marcel Allard, Director of Financial Resources at CSSS Cavendish, told CJAD.
“We tried to postpone the implementation of these measures as much as we could but because of our financial situation we don’t have a choice.”
Allard added that the funds would finance the maintenance and management of their parking lots and that it's up to the city to offer more free street parking.