Plans to put an end to disturbance caused by delivery wagons in Saughall
An action plan has been drawn up to end a lorry load of trouble for angry residents.
Villagers in Church Road, Saughall, have endured disturbance and damage for three years, caused by delivery wagons supplying the Co-op store opposite their homes.
They claim fencing, walls and paving have been damaged and also fear there's a risk of a member of the public being injured or killed.
Last Friday a meeting was held at the store to allow residents to discuss the situation with Cooperative Group officials, highway officers, local councillors and Chester MP Stephen Mosley.
Measures agreed include allowing lorries to arrive early morning when the car park is not busy, coning off parking spaces to make it easier for delivery drivers, relocating two large recycling bins, cross-hatching the lorry access route and better car park signage for customers.
Resident Simon Carswell pointed out: “I welcome the new proposals to sort out the problem. There have been near misses in the past where lorries have almost reversed into customers in the car park and a car was damaged by a lorry in July.
“When the lorries are unloading they block the exit route so customers leaving the store in their vehicles are forced to depart via the car park entrance. There's a real danger of a serious collision.”
Jan Graham, who lives opposite the store, said: “We've lost count of the number of times our fencing was hit and damaged by the lorries when they were reversing, so we had to build a wall to replace it.
“Hopefully the new measures being put forward will bring an end to all the hassle.”
Dennis Holman, vice-chairman of Saughall and Shotwick Park Parish Council, added: “It was great to see everyone so positive at the site meeting and all trying to work out solutions to a difficult issue. This is very encouraging.”