Parking problems have allegedly become so bad near a Welsh health centre that a woman has been issued 10 parking tickets because she can't park outside her own home.

Dewi Sant, on Albert Road, in Pontypridd, has a GP practice, offers various clinic services and is three years into a £10m project to develop it to offer more facilities.

When completed in summer 2021, the newly improved Dewi Sant Health Park will eventually house a GP surgery, dentistry, mental health and substance misuse services and a newly refurbished diagnostic radiology suite.

But people who live nearby say the parking situation is becoming intolerable.

Congestion at Kirkhouse Street

The car park isn't very big and some say people not using the health centre just use if for free parking.

It leads to staff and patients using the surrounding streets.

Kirkhouse Street resident of 30 years, Cheryl Davies, 56, puts bins in the road to protect a space outside her home and said the situation has become "terrible".

"It's terrible," said Ms Davies.

"We've had roughly 10 parking tickets because we have parked on the road on the right.

"You get fined but everyone who parks in this street doesn't get fined.

"You're looking at £30 or £40 a time.

"They come here, park in the street and then go."

Bins left out to try and guard parking spaces in the street
Some days are meant to be worse than others

When the streets become full, Ms Davies explained residents sometimes have no choice but to park on the single yellow lines and risk getting fined.

She said it gets particularly busy on days when certain clinics operate, such as the GUM clinic.

She said that the car park is only monitored from 9am by which time it is already busy.

Ms Davies also said residents on nearby Grover Street have experienced a lot of problems.

"They take the kids to school and by the time they come back you can't get in the street.

"It's really bad."

A sign has been put up in the street

Resident Bryn Mansfield, 66, said: "I bought it 20 odd years ago and it was lovely and quiet here.

"It (the parking) has been bad for the past three or four months - really bad."

Grover Street, Pontypridd

When WalesOnline visited on Wednesday, February 5, cars were parked bumper to bumper on several streets and people had parked on single yellow lines.

Jane Allen, 52, has lived on Kirkhouse Street all her life.

"The reason I got annoyed this week was because my father is ill - he's 88," she said.

"I had to take him to the doctors and they parked so close to me I couldn't get out.

"I had to get my neighbours to help me get out.

"It's just ridiculous."

She said people visiting the coroner's court and using the train station also park in the area.

Ms Allen said her son was once fined £70 as a result of parking on the yellow line to drop his baby off at her house.

It's pretty busy

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said it was issuing Sardis Road car park permits to staff to reduce congestion.

It said: "We are currently experiencing a temporary car parking challenge at Dewi Sant due to the overlap of groups of staff as they transition onto and off site as part of the service redesign work.

"We anticipate an improvement to this situation by the summer time.

“As an interim measure we are working closely with Local Authority colleagues to improve the situation by creating additional kerb side parking directly outside of the Hospital and the planning permission for this is already underway.

"In addition, we have also created some additional capacity on-site.

“We have a dedicated car parking and security officer who regularly patrols the site and is proactive in helping patients and visitors to locate car parking spaces on the site and when the site is full will sign post to the nearby large public car park in Sardis road.

"The officer is also proactive in challenging people who should not be parking on the site.

“We are also exploring the feasibility of a park and ride scheme to support access to the site once it becomes a fully-fledged health park.

“In the meantime the site remains under close and continuous review.”

A spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council added: “The council recognises that parking at the Dewi Sant Hospital site is challenging for visitors, and is a long-standing issue.

“There is a long-stay public car park adjacent to the hospital site, which has spare capacity for the use of staff and visitors.

"The hospital buys permits from the council for their staff to use this facility.

“The council has been working with the hospital to see how parking issues can be alleviated – encouraging sustainable travel plans to provide bus links to Pontypridd bus station, as well as exploring the possibility of amending some of the existing single yellow lines to enable additional parking.”