WHAT is going on in this mad world?
I urgently needed to drop a urine sample into the Broadwater Surgery on Tuesday morning.
This was as I was on my way through to pick up my 89-year-old mum from Storrington to bring her for an appointment at Worthing Hospital.
I thought it would take a few minutes and would still give me plenty of time for the rest of my journey.
I circled the roads round the back of the surgery avoiding the paying car park, but all the spaces were occupied.
“If only I could just nip into the car park for two minutes for the drop-off” was my thought.
So into the car park I went, but I lost my nerve.
I feared I would be clamped the same way I was clamped there once before when I stopped off for an injection and “accidentally” left my car where I shouldn’t have.
With the thought of paying yet another £130, I was forced to cross the main road and try the road at the side of the church.
Still no spaces.
In a desperate bid I tried all the roads behind Somerfield, but still nowhere.
By this time, I was running late for my Storrington pick-up, so feeling very frustrated and angry I had to go on my way.
Why should we have to pay to go to the doctors?
And why isn’t there a drop-off bay for situations like mine?
Even Worthing Hospital gives you 15 minutes free in its car park and also provides couple of 10-minute drop off points.
What’s so special about Broadwater?
It’s got one tatty old car park and charges the earth just for the pleasure of using a few shops and a doctors’ surgery.
Storrington, Littlehampton, Shoreham and many other towns and villages have a parking disc system which can be obtained either free or for a 50p charge.
It works very well and is convenient and cheap for the shopper.
And you could use it for dropping off without that fear of becoming a victim of the wardens.
We really need to have a rethink in Broadwater.
Why should we have to pay in an emergency situation?
And would we even think about running half-way round the car park to obtain a ticket. Broadwater, you know it makes sense, gives us a break.