Row over badly parked Post Office vans in Darwen

Row over badly parked Post Office vans in Darwen

Row over badly parked Post Office vans in Darwen

First published in Darwen Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

POST Office workers have been blasted for parking vans ‘dangerously’ in Darwen town centre’s busiest road.

Residents are worried someone will be killed or seriously injured as they try to navigate their way around the vans parked on double yellow lanes and on the pavement outside the town’s main post office in The Circus.

Royal Mail bosses say it is necessary to park the vans outside the building temporarily as staff load and unload deliveries.

Concerned resident Russell Rickard said: “That is a bad bend with double yellow lines, and yet every day I see Post Office vans parked there, obstructing the way. It’s getting beyond a joke – it’s so blatant.

“It’s by a busy pedestrian crossing and pavement and is forcing people to walk into the road and someone’s going to end up getting squashed.

“My two nephews walk that way to school in the morning and I’m concerned about their safety.”

Sunnyhurst Coun Dave Smith said concerns had also been raised with him about Post Office vans taking up shopper parking spaces in nearby Borough Road.

He said: “I don’t know where all the vans have come from, we never used to have these problems. The vans need to be parked somewhere else if they are causing danger and inconvenience.”

The matter is to go before Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning and highways committee next week, where it is recommended members impose a one-hour restriction in Borough Road.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Our staff always aim to park their vehicles safely and to minimise the disruption to other road users and pedestrians.

“It is necessary to sometimes park the vehicles directly outside Darwen Delivery Office for short periods of time whilst they are loaded and unloaded. Our staff aim to carry out this work as quickly as possible to minimise the disruption.”

New equipment such as trolleys and special vans has been introduced recently in Darwen to cope with heavy deliveries.

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2:49pm Thu 18 Aug 11

vodkas666 says...

Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office.
Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office. vodkas666
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2:58pm Thu 18 Aug 11

happycyclist says...

It wouldn't be a problem if the clowns at Blackburn Town Hall hadn't mucked about with the road system in Darwen town centre a couple of years ago.
It wouldn't be a problem if the clowns at Blackburn Town Hall hadn't mucked about with the road system in Darwen town centre a couple of years ago. happycyclist
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4:23pm Thu 18 Aug 11

darwenTower says...

Are there more vans than previously?

I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans.
Are there more vans than previously? I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans. darwenTower
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5:14pm Thu 18 Aug 11

Dai Darwen says...

I would guess where you used to see posties waiting for buses they are now taken by van. Hence the cost of 1st class postage no doubt.

The parking over the weekend is even worse when they take up the car parks around that area and even park in front of the shops for the weekend.
I would guess where you used to see posties waiting for buses they are now taken by van. Hence the cost of 1st class postage no doubt. The parking over the weekend is even worse when they take up the car parks around that area and even park in front of the shops for the weekend. Dai Darwen
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10:25pm Thu 18 Aug 11

hairy mary says...

ill park my van where i like and nobody will bstop me
ill park my van where i like and nobody will bstop me hairy mary
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11:08pm Thu 18 Aug 11

allan1957 says...

Theres so many post office vans as 2 posties go out in vans and do double rounds including parcels this was system was brought in under a agreement with Royal mail and the unions as the way forward during the last strike how this is saving i really dont know as regards the parking there are no parking restrictions on Borough Rd at the moment so no offence is being commited and the cars have no limited time to park on them so once again no offence being commited, also its not just post office vans parking on the double yellows outside the post office causing obstructions taxis being the biggest offenders and people collecting parcels from the post office.
Theres so many post office vans as 2 posties go out in vans and do double rounds including parcels this was system was brought in under a agreement with Royal mail and the unions as the way forward during the last strike how this is saving i really dont know as regards the parking there are no parking restrictions on Borough Rd at the moment so no offence is being commited and the cars have no limited time to park on them so once again no offence being commited, also its not just post office vans parking on the double yellows outside the post office causing obstructions taxis being the biggest offenders and people collecting parcels from the post office. allan1957
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11:11pm Thu 18 Aug 11

allan1957 says...

vodkas666 wrote:
Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office.
Whitehall post office doesnt exist get your facts right dont supposed you have ever parked where you shoudnt have
[quote][p][bold]vodkas666[/bold] wrote: Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office.[/p][/quote]Whitehall post office doesnt exist get your facts right dont supposed you have ever parked where you shoudnt have allan1957
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1:15am Fri 19 Aug 11

lwg76 says...

Now Now, we all know pavements are for Borough Council owned wheely bins (3 per house) not vans.
Now Now, we all know pavements are for Borough Council owned wheely bins (3 per house) not vans. lwg76
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1:31pm Sat 20 Aug 11

Meerkat.com says...

happycyclist wrote:
It wouldn't be a problem if the clowns at Blackburn Town Hall hadn't mucked about with the road system in Darwen town centre a couple of years ago.
Agree with happycyclist , plus , they've got a job to do so for god sake leave em alone !
This isn't news this is just negative darweners whinging........for a change !

Wording:- vast wine , should have been vast whine!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: It wouldn't be a problem if the clowns at Blackburn Town Hall hadn't mucked about with the road system in Darwen town centre a couple of years ago.[/p][/quote]Agree with happycyclist , plus , they've got a job to do so for god sake leave em alone ! This isn't news this is just negative darweners whinging........for a change ! Wording:- vast wine , should have been vast whine! Meerkat.com
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2:26pm Sat 20 Aug 11

masterdebater.co.uk says...

The guy in the pound shop has a job to do as well. Except he probably a bit quiet at the minute as nobody can park near his shop.
The guy in the pound shop has a job to do as well. Except he probably a bit quiet at the minute as nobody can park near his shop. masterdebater.co.uk
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6:21pm Sun 21 Aug 11

allan1957 says...

masterdebater.co.uk wrote:
The guy in the pound shop has a job to do as well. Except he probably a bit quiet at the minute as nobody can park near his shop.
As i said in a earlier post there are no parking restrictions on that section of borough rd since they changed the one- way system there is no offence being commited you can park their as long as you like.Maybe one should look at the ammount of cars and vans that do block the entrance to the post office yard parking on double yellows ,yes they do include deliveries being to the takeaway next door as i observed last week
[quote][p][bold]masterdebater.co.uk[/bold] wrote: The guy in the pound shop has a job to do as well. Except he probably a bit quiet at the minute as nobody can park near his shop.[/p][/quote]As i said in a earlier post there are no parking restrictions on that section of borough rd since they changed the one- way system there is no offence being commited you can park their as long as you like.Maybe one should look at the ammount of cars and vans that do block the entrance to the post office yard parking on double yellows ,yes they do include deliveries being to the takeaway next door as i observed last week allan1957
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6:24pm Sun 21 Aug 11

allan1957 says...

darwenTower wrote:
Are there more vans than previously?

I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans.
try the roof top car park above the market or maybe your just to lazy to walk
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: Are there more vans than previously? I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans.[/p][/quote]try the roof top car park above the market or maybe your just to lazy to walk allan1957
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6:30pm Sun 21 Aug 11

allan1957 says...

vodkas666 wrote:
Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office.
Suppose you have never badly parked your car?
[quote][p][bold]vodkas666[/bold] wrote: Its not just in the town centre where they park clangorously. They park terribly at the Whitehall post office as well. Occasionally even parking on the pavement outside the post office.[/p][/quote]Suppose you have never badly parked your car? allan1957
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10:32pm Sun 21 Aug 11

darwenTower says...

allan1957 wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
Are there more vans than previously?

I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans.
try the roof top car park above the market or maybe your just to lazy to walk
I asked a civil question as to whether there are more vans than there used to be.

And that should be "you're" and "too" You pig thick, illiterate ****!
[quote][p][bold]allan1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: Are there more vans than previously? I've noticed lately that when I go to the Post Office I can't park anywhere because of all the red vans.[/p][/quote]try the roof top car park above the market or maybe your just to lazy to walk[/p][/quote]I asked a civil question as to whether there are more vans than there used to be. And that should be "you're" and "too" You pig thick, illiterate ****! darwenTower
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