Lidl act on residents’ concerns

Damage to grass verge cause by HGV's leaving Lidl by the Hanover Street exit. (S)
Damage to grass verge cause by HGV's leaving Lidl by the Hanover Street exit. (S)

Frustrated Colne homeowners have been placated after sverval issues concerning the town’s Lidl store were resolved.

During a meeting with Colne Conservative councillorJoe Cooney and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, residents in Hanover Street expressed concerns that delivery vehicles were using the exit on their street rather than the exit directly on to North Valley Road.

This, along with other vehicles using the exit only point to access the site, has resulted in a number of residents’ cars being bumped and scraped.

Mr Stephenson wrote to Lidl, asking them to address the issues surrounding the misuse of the Hanover Street exit.

Lidl responded in a positive manner, instructing their delivery drivers to only use the North Valley Road exit.

In addition to this, they will be installing two “No HGV” signs, a drop down bollard and two permanent bollards – one at each side of the access – to restrict HGV use.

They will also be replacing the damaged turf at the exit. These steps will also help to prevent customers from turning against the flow and entering through the exit. It is hoped the modifications to the exit will be made within days.

Mr Stephenson said: “I’m pleased to hear that Lidl are taking these issues seriously and are addressing them quickly. It’s important that businesses take into consideration the local community and the impact that they have. It’s good to see that Lidl are willing to work with the people of Colne.”

Vivary Bridge Conservative councillor Joe Cooney said: “I’m glad that we’ve been able to resolve these issues before they escalated and became serious problems.

“I would like to thank Andrew Stephenson for his help on this matter and thank Lidl for the action they have promised to take. Parking remains a problem on Hanover Street and I will continue to work with residents to see what further steps we can take to alleviate the problem.”