I recently wrote to Superdrug regarding their new, and rather anti-social, habit of delivering during the morning school run (which is expressly prohibited) using extra large lorries, and parking right up to the corner of Broadway Avenue, causing an obstruction and severely impeding the sight line of anyone crossing, or turning left. I backed this up with some photos gained from 15 minutes of observation.
Superdrug responded immediately, and have come back with this response, which, if it is followed through, is excellent, and I think is to be applauded. Would you mind publishing this to show that not all of our neighbours are bad neighbours… And to ask that residents keep an eye out to see what is going on!
– from Nigel Cannings
Subject: RE: Deliveries at St Margarets Road, Twickenham Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:23:43 +0100 From: Simon To: Nigel Dear Mr Cannings, As promised, our store assessment team have visited the St Margarets store regarding the valid concerns that you raised and the following actions have now been put in place: 1. No deliveries will be made prior to 09:30am. 2. Our shortest length articulated vehicle (10m trailer) will be used as the team feel this should fit the loading bay without causing issues. However, this will be reviewed on the next delivery and an alternate option put in place if the overhanging problem is still evident. I hope that you find the above actions satisfactory and that you will contact me directly if you have any further concerns. May I take this opportunity to thank you for your valued feedback and be assured of our best interests at all times with regards to the local communities where our stores are situated. Yours Sincerely, Simon Superdrug
busy body do-gooders are what brings this country to its knees. perhaps asking parents not to use cars at all to take their precious "i don't want to walk" chidren to school (thereby causing so much more congestion and pollution than 1 superdrug lorry) would be a much better use of time??Fred on 2009-07-16 11:13:39 +0000
Thank you Nigel for tackling this with Superdrug. The overwhelming majority of children in St Margarets walk to school and the lorries were extremely dangerous as cars turning left couldn't see the children (or adults) crossing.Kate on 2009-07-16 12:15:55 +0000
WOW! I clicked through thinking this would be more misery and madness - but no - A story with a positive outcome - More of these please!Ed on 2009-07-16 13:44:49 +0000
Busy body do-gooders? There have been only 4 injury accidents involving pedestrians on St Margarets Road in the last 3 years.
Two at the top of Amyand Park Road. One, a person boarding a bus. One, a small child knocked over by a car turning left into Broadway Avenue (according to the report, injured seriously).
That is the reason I don't want those lorries and cars there, so people can cross that road in relative safety.
Sorry, Fred, but if I can prevent just one accident, I will keep on at these people. Because I hope to God it's not one of my children (who, incidentally, walk to school that way every day).Nigel Cannings on 2009-07-16 20:06:14 +0000
Don't feed the troll, Nigel.David bertram on 2009-07-17 09:22:57 +0000
I agree with Fred on this one.
let's get the lazy parents and children out of cars and walking to school, no wonder some kids (and parents) are so fat these days.
A solution would be for parents to teach their offsprings simple pedestrian road safety, as those that do walk are usualy on mobiles and ipods oblivious to anything or anyone around them, therefore contributing to their own downfall.
Businesses like Superdrug/Tesco's must be allowed to deliver goods at any time to satify the demand of the people of St Margarets, if not they could go elsewhere, and leave the "Village" to become just estate agents shops and nothing else.
As a pensioner I welcome the convenience of a variety of shops, lets hope they are here to stay, in future can all the do-gooders start thinking outside the box, I don't have a problem with looking left and right and left again before crossing the road, at nearly 70 I have survived OK.
One question I would like to know if anyone has the answer for, is, where does the term "St Margarets Village" come from, My wife was born here and it only states St Margarets on her birth certificate, is it a new statement invented by newcommers of 20 years ago to push up the price of property, here is an explanation of a village from the tinternet "Although many patterns of village life have existed, the typical village was small, consisting of perhaps 5 to 30 families."
Thats my Victor Meldrew bit done, over and out!!.alsie on 2009-07-18 16:10:42 +0000
Re "St Margarets Village"": this was an estate agent's invention, signifying originally just the area between St Margarets Rd and Moormead, the railway and the A316; it is now applied more loosely to "Greater St Margarets" which runs from Railhead Road down to Richmond Road, i.e. all those roads whose commuters use St Margarets station instead of Twickenham or Richmond.Chris Squire on 2009-07-18 17:13:19 +0000
I don't see where Fred or Alsie are coming from here. Well over 90% of children do walk to teh primary schools. Even at Orleans Park the number being ferried by parents is minimal. Keep up the good work, Nigel.Trevor on 2009-08-05 10:00:21 +0000