THE fight for parking on side streets around Barnsley Hospital has resulted in slashed tyres, smashed windows and wing mirrors being knocked off.

Insp Julie Mitchell, of the police's Barnsley Central Area Safer Neighbourhood Team, said 46 incidents relating to parking around the hospital were reported in 2012.

She was speaking to Barnsley Council's scrutiny commission following a 'call for action' over parking from Cllr Penny Lofts.

The commission discussed solutions such as a 'Rent A Drive' scheme, park and ride for hospital workers and more resident-only parking.

However, members heard that putting in more residents' parking could cost £100,000 and no government funding was available.

Pogmoor Residents' Association member Marlene Crossland said some elderly people were choosing to stay in rather than struggling to manoeuvre their vehicles out round the parked cars. "It's a nightmare - a real emotional problem for some," she said.

Cllr Lofts says people's driveways are being blocked, bins are not being collected because lorries can't get up and down streets, and drop-kerbs for wheelchairs and mobility scooters are being blocked.