WOODFORD GREEN: MP lends support to campaigners against 'lorry chaos'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: MP Iain Duncan Smith with campaigners outside Sainsbury's in The Broadway MP Iain Duncan Smith with campaigners outside Sainsbury's in The Broadway

IAIN Duncan Smith has joined calls for 'disruptive' lorry deliveries to a Sainsbury's supermarket to be stopped.

Neighbours complain deliveries to the store in The Broadway, Woodford Green, cause long tailbacks and compromise safety as the lorries are too big for the narrow road and want Sainsbury's to use smaller vans.

They say empty trolleys also frequently block the pavement, creating an extra hazard.

Now the Woodford Green MP has called on Sainsbury's, which opened the shop five months ago, to restrict their delivery times.

Mr Duncan Smith said: "I am very concerned that deliveries are being made to Sainsbury’s between 10am and 11am.

"This is obviously a real nuisance for local residents as it creates a lot of traffic on that stretch of road.

"The road is also not suitable for such big lorries - it is a bendy road which can barely fit two lanes in as it is."

Residents welcomed Mr Duncan Smith's support on the issue.

Lilian Strickett, 88, of Kings Avenue, said: "I hope he can do something because it's a distressing matter.

"The lorries are far too big and hold up traffic in the road while we have to dodge trolleys to walk up the street."

Caroline Kamstra-White, 50, of Monkhams Avenue, added: "We sit in the coffee shop in the morning and it's chaos outside. It's been horrendous for people and businesses trying to get on with their day."

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: "We try hard to be a good neighbour and we work closely with our depots and suppliers to try to minimise the inconvenience our deliveries may cause to local residents and businesses.

"We use the smallest delivery vans available to us and have instructed our suppliers to stagger their delivery times to try to ensure multiple vehicles aren’t delivering to the store at the same time.

"We will continue to deliver to the store after 10am to avoid the peak commuter traffic at the Tube station, thereby keeping congestion to a minimum."

A spokesman added that the delivery restrictions only apply between 11pm and 7am.

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8:31am Fri 13 Apr 12

Tom Thumb says...

This is total hypocrisy on Mr Duncan Smith's part as the Conservative Party has always supported the road haulage industry's requests for bigger and bigger lorries.

That said, the issue here has nothing to do with the MP. The local council has the power to introduce waiting restrictions where deliveries are concerned. Complaints should be addressed to the council.

There is certainly a problem with businesses like Tesco Express and Sainsbury's Local, because in seeking planning permission they do tell porkies about deliveries. Both businesses attract lorry deliveries all through the day, even though Tesco and Sainsbury's often claim their shops will attract no more than six deliveries a day. In fact there is an endless stream of lorries and white vans parking outside, and it does cause severe congestion. However these stores are popular with the public and councils usually prefer to turn a blind eye to traffic problems, regarding these stores as good for the area, even though they often damage independent shops.
This is total hypocrisy on Mr Duncan Smith's part as the Conservative Party has always supported the road haulage industry's requests for bigger and bigger lorries. That said, the issue here has nothing to do with the MP. The local council has the power to introduce waiting restrictions where deliveries are concerned. Complaints should be addressed to the council. There is certainly a problem with businesses like Tesco Express and Sainsbury's Local, because in seeking planning permission they do tell porkies about deliveries. Both businesses attract lorry deliveries all through the day, even though Tesco and Sainsbury's often claim their shops will attract no more than six deliveries a day. In fact there is an endless stream of lorries and white vans parking outside, and it does cause severe congestion. However these stores are popular with the public and councils usually prefer to turn a blind eye to traffic problems, regarding these stores as good for the area, even though they often damage independent shops. Tom Thumb
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