A BRAND new car park prescribed to ease the parking headache at Arbroath Infirmary finally opened on Monday.
Since the infirmary increased the range of clinics on offer, including kidney dialysis, the road outside the facility is often gridlocked.
Not only was this causing problems for patients and staff, but nearby residents were also unable to leave their cars outside their homes.
The car park, built on Common Good land has been a joint venture between Angus Council and NHS Tayside, with the health board agreeing to stump up more than £60,000 for the work.
Construction of the new facility began in October and was open for cars to use for the first time on Monday.
Councillors Bob Spink and Alex King first raised the idea of building a new car park on the Common Good land several years ago.
And after fellow councillors agreed this would be the best solution, the local authority then entered an agreement with NHS Tayside towards funding the project.
NHS Tayside had previously tried to create more spaces for cars inside the grounds of Arbroath Infirmary, but it did little to alleviate the parking problem.
It is thought that staff at the hospital will be encouraged to use parking at the rear of building to free up the new spaces for patients and visitors.