Laceby residents voice upset over roadside parking
RESIDENTS are gearing themselves up for a fight over car parking in Laceby.
The parish council and residents are angry that employees at the Astle garage, in Grimsby Road, are parking on the road – on a blind bend.
The parish council says it fears "someone may die" and residents are also cross because of noise when staff arrive at 7.30am.
According to the owners of neighbouring properties, they can hear horns beeping and clunks from drain covers, waking them up.
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However, Astle bosses insist they have "worked very hard" to improve the situation for residents, even agreeing a deal with a building developer, which has loaned them use of a car park on the neighbouring industrial estate for staff to use.
But to use the car park, employees must pay £1 a day out of their salary – equating to £240 a year – but it is also "heavily subsidised" by Astle, which has no on-site staff parking available at its site.
Employees who do park on the road are legally entitled to do so, as there are not parking restrictions.
But the vice-chairman of Laceby Parish Council, Dave Marshall, believes the solution is to paint single yellow lines on either side of the road, preventing people from parking there at certain times of the day.
He said: "Our issue is the safety of our residents. We feel the business has become very bad neighbours to the people of Laceby.
"We would expect they would want to work with us to help the village, but they are against us.
"We fear someone will die here unless something is done."
Last year, Astle had a major redevelopment, after which employee parking spaces were lost to a lorry drop-off point and more customer parking.
At the time, the parish council wrote to Astle seeking reassurance there would be enough spaces for the employees to park, stating they feared it would be a danger to the public if there was not.
Dave Clayton lives in Grimsby Road, opposite where the employees are parking. He has written letters of complaint to BMW head office.
He said: "The biggest issue for me is the noise when they arrive every morning. But there is also a real concern for safety.
"They are parking on a blind bend and oncoming traffic cannot see round them.
"When a bus meets a car it cannot get past either. The bus just stops and beeps its horn.
"I can understand why the guys who park here are doing it – I wouldn't want to pay for parking every day. To a huge company like BMW, the price of parking is a drop in the ocean."
Astle dealer principal Paul Wooding said: "We have done an awful lot to try to help.
"We have taken on some parking next door at Bannisters, which we subsidise heavily.
"All the staff who want to park in there do and those who don't park elsewhere, and that is their decision. We can't, as a company, control that."