A PLAN to build a multi-storey car park at the John Radcliffe Hospital – which has been backed by more than 3,000 people – will be discussed next week.

Mick Haines, Marston’s independent councillor, said the total of 2,300 parking spaces at the hospital is ‘not fit for purpose’ because of long delays.

Mr Haines said the council should ‘undertake a review of the approach to car parking at the JR’ and review car parking rules. That should allow increased parking at the hospital or nearby, he said.

That would appear to run against Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council’s plan to limit car use around the JR by introducing a workplace parking levy across parts of the city by 2021.

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That project was announced last month.

As of yesterday, Mr Haines’ petition on the change.org website had been signed by 3,360 people.

Mr Haines said: “More parking spaces built on the current parking footprint will free up roads and enable better access for patients.

“I am aware that Oxfordshire County Council wish to promote the park and ride but when you are unwell you simply just want to get to your appointment or A&E.”

Mr Haines’ motion has been seconded by Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Harris and could be debated at the city council’s meeting on Monday. That starts from 5pm at Oxford Town Hall.