Lorry parking threat

PUBLISHED: 15:22 03 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:13 24 May 2010

COMMUNITY safety chiefs are to write to Tesco bosses to complain about lorries parking on the road and pavements outside its Nailsea store. The chairman of Nailsea Local Action Team is to pen a letter to the supermarket giant following complaints from ped

COMMUNITY safety chiefs are to write to Tesco bosses to complain about lorries parking on the road and pavements outside its Nailsea store.The chairman of Nailsea Local Action Team is to pen a letter to the supermarket giant following complaints from pedestrians and motorists about the juggernauts parking on the pavement while waiting to take deliveries into the High Street store.LAT members say they are concerned lorry drivers are failing to stick to the planning conditions governing the store, which states they must wait in a nearby layby until store staff call them so they can drive straight into the delivery yard.LAT chairman John Hunter said: "I keep seeing lorries parked on the road, and sometimes the pavement, waiting to go into the delivery yard."As part of the store's planning consent the drivers are told to wait in a nearby layby until it is clear to drive straight into the delivery yard."It is clear this is not happening on all occasions."As a result, the traffic on Stock Way North is becoming blocked up and causing a danger to not only road users but pedestrians as well."Drivers are being forced to manoeuvre around the lorries into the face of oncoming traffic while pedestrians are forced off the pavement."I will be writing to Tesco to remind it of the store planning conditions and inform it that drivers are being watched by the LAT and police."The planning conditions state there must be no parking on the roads or pavements adjoining the store at any time.Nailsea police said they were aware of the situation and any lorry driver found to be parked dangerously risked a penalty fine.Nailsea community beat officer PC Roger Watts said: "There is the odd issue with lorries parking on the road."We have spoken to Tesco and any driver who is found causing an obstruction on the highway does risk being fined."Despite being contacted by the North Somerset Times, nobody from Tesco was available for comment.

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