Parking spaces vanish at Tesco store as zebra crossing opens

Thurrock Gazette: Sid Rahman, Tesco deputy manager, left, with customer assistants Emma Holland and Terry Brookes with their petition outside the Southend Road store Sid Rahman, Tesco deputy manager, left, with customer assistants Emma Holland and Terry Brookes with their petition outside the Southend Road store

BEMUSED residents and shop workers hit out after parking spaces disappeared from outside a Tesco store.

Motorists stopping off at the Tesco Express on Southend Road, Grays, arrived to find the front parking bays had gone - just days after a new zebra crossing was introduced nearby.

However, the council claims changes were needed following an accident outside the store last July, when a schoolgirl was knocked down.

Terry Brookes, 57, who works in the Tesco which opened in 2012, has gathered 200 signatures for a petition opposing the crossing and removal of the spaces.

He said the road has been made even more dangerous since the zebra crossing was put in and believes the lack of parking will deter people from using the store, which will ultimately cost jobs.

He said: “The road is dangerous.

“You see cars flying down here, but this is a half-baked crossing. It would make far more sense to have put the crossing elsewhere on the road.”

Motorist Susan Williams, 37, from South Ockendon, who regularly uses the road, said: “I am sure this is just a joke. They put a crossing here and the barriers have already been damaged. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

On Twitter, Hayley Childerley said: “I have stopped shopping there [the Tesco] as it’s becoming such a hassle.”

A spokesman for Tesco would not be drawn on whether the firm had actually agreed with the changes.

He said: “The council said the changes were for the benefit of the safety of local people. It’s their responsibility. We just work with them.”

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A council spokesman added: “The council discussed safety measures with ward councillors, Tesco Express and residents, including the need for a pedestrian crossing. Only one objection was received to the proposal.

“The issue of safety was brought into stark focus following a serious road traffic accident outside the store.”

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12:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

C.E.R. says...

I wish something could be done about the parking at the Tesco Express at Chafford Hundred Station.
I wish something could be done about the parking at the Tesco Express at Chafford Hundred Station. C.E.R.

11:20pm Thu 23 Jan 14

d_2da_ougle says...

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6:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14

TeamDax says...

I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats.
In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!!
I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats. In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!! TeamDax

6:28pm Sat 25 Jan 14

jackieboy says...

TeamDax wrote:
I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats.
In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!!
Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today!
Do you work for Co Op?
[quote][p][bold]TeamDax[/bold] wrote: I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats. In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!![/p][/quote]Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today! Do you work for Co Op? jackieboy

6:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

jackieboy says...

This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road!
Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled?
Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors!
This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road! Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled? Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors! jackieboy

12:28pm Mon 27 Jan 14

cynic all says...

The solution is quite simple don't shop at that Tesco, Its not the only store in town go somewhere else, When there profits drop you watch the restrictions lifted .
The solution is quite simple don't shop at that Tesco, Its not the only store in town go somewhere else, When there profits drop you watch the restrictions lifted . cynic all

2:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

TRANQUILDAY says...

There is a perfectly serviceable zebra crossing at the junction with Palmers Avenue, why is that not used?
There is a perfectly serviceable zebra crossing at the junction with Palmers Avenue, why is that not used? TRANQUILDAY

4:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

jackieboy wrote:
TeamDax wrote:
I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats.
In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!!
Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today!
Do you work for Co Op?
No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they?
[quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TeamDax[/bold] wrote: I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats. In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!![/p][/quote]Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today! Do you work for Co Op?[/p][/quote]No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they? MR.SMITH

4:37pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

MR.SMITH wrote:
jackieboy wrote:
TeamDax wrote:
I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats.
In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!!
Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today!
Do you work for Co Op?
No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they?
I believe Tesco also sold the above offices to the sign shop along with two parking spaces at the front of the store who then turned the offices into flats.
Good on the sign shop if you ask me. Greedy of Tesco for loosing their spaces.
[quote][p][bold]MR.SMITH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TeamDax[/bold] wrote: I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats. In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!![/p][/quote]Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today! Do you work for Co Op?[/p][/quote]No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they?[/p][/quote]I believe Tesco also sold the above offices to the sign shop along with two parking spaces at the front of the store who then turned the offices into flats. Good on the sign shop if you ask me. Greedy of Tesco for loosing their spaces. MR.SMITH

4:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jackieboy says...

MR.SMITH wrote:
MR.SMITH wrote:
jackieboy wrote:
TeamDax wrote:
I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats.
In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!!
Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today!
Do you work for Co Op?
No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they?
I believe Tesco also sold the above offices to the sign shop along with two parking spaces at the front of the store who then turned the offices into flats.
Good on the sign shop if you ask me. Greedy of Tesco for loosing their spaces.
Tesco never owned any of the property or the sign shop! In fact they rent the shop! I don't know where you get your information from. At the end of the day the councils' action is putting jobs at risk...
[quote][p][bold]MR.SMITH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MR.SMITH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TeamDax[/bold] wrote: I understood from the planning application that tesco were never supposed to have parking for customers to reverse into the road. The way the deliveries used to block this road was dangerous! Their planning application stated they would deliver to the rear of the premises and then they sold off access for flats. In my opinion we never needed tesco here we have a brilliant co-op next door who have their own car park,, no one campaigned that the council were playing a joke on them when they opened tesco on their doorstep!![/p][/quote]Tesco never owned the land at the back of the shop! I stood and watched people reversing onto the road from Co Op today! Do you work for Co Op?[/p][/quote]No but Tesco did own the land that was sold off for the sign shop didn't they?[/p][/quote]I believe Tesco also sold the above offices to the sign shop along with two parking spaces at the front of the store who then turned the offices into flats. Good on the sign shop if you ask me. Greedy of Tesco for loosing their spaces.[/p][/quote]Tesco never owned any of the property or the sign shop! In fact they rent the shop! I don't know where you get your information from. At the end of the day the councils' action is putting jobs at risk... jackieboy

5:46pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

Even if you work there you have to admit that the unloading of lorries which seemed to be endless on that road WAS dangerous. but yes the crossing is in the wrong place. The other property was listed as to be sold off on a leaseback auction in 2010 it says it was listed by tesco. thats all there for you on google if you look. ( just saying)
Even if you work there you have to admit that the unloading of lorries which seemed to be endless on that road WAS dangerous. but yes the crossing is in the wrong place. The other property was listed as to be sold off on a leaseback auction in 2010 it says it was listed by tesco. thats all there for you on google if you look. ( just saying) MR.SMITH

5:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

MR.SMITH wrote:
Even if you work there you have to admit that the unloading of lorries which seemed to be endless on that road WAS dangerous. but yes the crossing is in the wrong place. The other property was listed as to be sold off on a leaseback auction in 2010 it says it was listed by tesco. thats all there for you on google if you look. ( just saying)
Auction Sale: 21 October 2010 ... The boundary plans in the auction catalogue are for identification only. ... Lot 17: Tesco Express, 30-34 Southend Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5NJ. The leaseback of the upper parts to be granted by the buyer to the seller upon completion contains an error in clause 5 (Landlord''s covenants).
[quote][p][bold]MR.SMITH[/bold] wrote: Even if you work there you have to admit that the unloading of lorries which seemed to be endless on that road WAS dangerous. but yes the crossing is in the wrong place. The other property was listed as to be sold off on a leaseback auction in 2010 it says it was listed by tesco. thats all there for you on google if you look. ( just saying)[/p][/quote]Auction Sale: 21 October 2010 ... The boundary plans in the auction catalogue are for identification only. ... Lot 17: Tesco Express, 30-34 Southend Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5NJ. The leaseback of the upper parts to be granted by the buyer to the seller upon completion contains an error in clause 5 (Landlord''s covenants). MR.SMITH

6:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

jackieboy says...

Tesco never owned any of the property or the sign shop! In fact they rent the shop! I don't know where you get your information from. At the end of the day the councils' action is putting jobs at risk...
Tesco never owned any of the property or the sign shop! In fact they rent the shop! I don't know where you get your information from. At the end of the day the councils' action is putting jobs at risk... jackieboy

6:42pm Mon 27 Jan 14

TheHub says...

I agree, it is yet again another poorly planned road change by our beloved councillors. As to the parking situation, everyone will just continue to park in co-ops, dominos, in the street, pavement. Do as they like anyway...
I agree, it is yet again another poorly planned road change by our beloved councillors. As to the parking situation, everyone will just continue to park in co-ops, dominos, in the street, pavement. Do as they like anyway... TheHub

8:28pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Ed Woods says...

jackieboy wrote:
This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road!
Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled?
Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors!
Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road! Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled? Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors![/p][/quote]Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors. Ed Woods

8:56am Tue 28 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

Ed Woods wrote:
jackieboy wrote:
This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road!
Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled?
Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors!
Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors.
I agree, don't know where he gets his information from!
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road! Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled? Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors![/p][/quote]Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors.[/p][/quote]I agree, don't know where he gets his information from! MR.SMITH

4:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jackieboy says...

Ed Woods wrote:
jackieboy wrote:
This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road!
Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled?
Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors!
Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors.
Since when did Gledhill become a Labour Councollor?
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jackieboy[/bold] wrote: This crossing has been put in the wrong place! It was needed near the bus stops by the RAFA club! Also something should be done about the speed of the traffic on Southend Road! Somebody commented that people can walk to the shop! Does he/she includethe elderly and disabled? Not a lot of thought gone into this crossing. Typical of conservative councillors![/p][/quote]Thurrock Council is Labour controlled and the Tesco is in the ward of Labour Councillors.[/p][/quote]Since when did Gledhill become a Labour Councollor? jackieboy

4:06pm Wed 29 Jan 14

MR.SMITH says...

According to the Thurrock council website the councilor for this area is Cathy Kent. LABOUR

https://www.thurrock
.gov.uk/myarea/70064
0760596

THAT'S WHERE I GOT MY INFORMATION FROM!

Still a bad place for a crossing though.

Interesting to find out exactly who's brain wave it was. Wouldn't mind guessing the decision was made by an out of borough advisor or so called expert.
According to the Thurrock council website the councilor for this area is Cathy Kent. LABOUR https://www.thurrock .gov.uk/myarea/70064 0760596 THAT'S WHERE I GOT MY INFORMATION FROM! Still a bad place for a crossing though. Interesting to find out exactly who's brain wave it was. Wouldn't mind guessing the decision was made by an out of borough advisor or so called expert. MR.SMITH

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