Sir – I would like to respond to the letter from your correspondent Philip Porter of Hatfield (WHT, March 19). My particular issue relates to the last paragraph in his letter relating to Securicor vans. As you are aware, the Welwyn Garden City Society has
Sir - I would like to respond to the letter from your correspondent Philip Porter of Hatfield (WHT, March 19).
My particular issue relates to the last paragraph in his letter relating to Securicor vans. As you are aware, the Welwyn Garden City Society has been in correspondence with G4Securicor and local banks and building societies in WGC over the last year or so.
Cash delivery vehicles owned by G4Securicor are by the nature of their job very heavy. In WGC town centre, parking, the society accepts, is difficult for delivery vehicles such as these. However, they do not have the right to drive over pavement areas when making their deliveries of cash. The cash delivery vehicles are subject to the Road Traffic Acts just the same as other vehicle drivers. Only emergency vehicles have exemption to drive over paved areas in emergencies. Any driver who drives over a pavement commits an offence for which a fine can be imposed in the magistrates court.
The concerns of the Welwyn Garden City Society are that besides causing damage to our town centre paved areas, for which the local council tax payer must pay, driving a large heavy vehicle over a pavement is also a danger to pedestrians particularly the elderly. The crews of these cash delivery vehicles may feel that they could be in danger from potential robbers, but what about the danger to pedestrians going about their legitimate business? If there was a robbery, these pedestrians could be in the line of fire also and receive an injury.
The Welwyn Garden City Society wishes to see these cash delivery vehicles use the existing rear service areas of business premises which were part of the original design of WGC town centre. These areas can now have CCTV cameras to provide security. We have asked the affected banks and building societies, particularly those located in Howardsgate, to assist in these deliveries by accepting them at the rear of their premises. So far there has been little support from these companies for this proposal. In the meantime, cash delivery vehicles belonging to G4S continue to drive over our pavements. I attach a photograph of one of these vehicles doing so only this last week in front of the Howard Centre. When will the management of this company do their job, and manage their employees?
A J Grice, Welwyn Garden City Society, Dellcott Close, WGC.
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