Row over vans on pavements

PUBLISHED: 09:38 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

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A CRACKDOWN is needed on vehicles leaving their mark on town centre pavements. That is the opinion of WGC Society members who feel vans are leaving pavements cracked and permanently damaged. Society committee member Tony Grice said: We have been concerne

A CRACKDOWN is needed on vehicles leaving their mark on town centre pavements.

That is the opinion of WGC Society members who feel vans are leaving pavements cracked and permanently damaged.

Society committee member Tony Grice said: "We have been concerned for some time about damage caused to pavements in the town centre.

"We identified a regular culprit to be a cash delivery van owned by Group 4 Securicor.

"Even though it is a very heavy vehicle, when making deliveries of cash to banks and building societies in Howardsgate it regularly drives over pavements and parks on them.

"Damage by delivery vehicles to pavements causes danger to all pedestrians and costs to local taxpayers."

Drivers are using pavements at the front of the Howard Centre, as well as paths outside banks Halifax and HSBC to park their vans.

The society believes the problem would be solved if vans used back entrances - and have called on banks to help them solve the problem.

Secretary Shaun O'Reilly said: "It is only the police and Herts County Council that have the authority to deal with this, but they are usually too busy so realistically we need the help of the banks to get the vans to use the rear entrances."

A G4S spokesman said: "We have been in contact with the WGC Society regarding concerns they had about our vehicles stopping outside banks and building societies in the town centre.

"While we instruct our staff to drive reasonably and courteously, they are also expected to ensure their own safety and that of the general public by making cash deliveries and collections in close proximity to our customers.

"Cash-in-transit robbery is a sad reality for those operating in the industry."

No-one from the banks or building societies were available for comment as the WHT went to press.

* Is this just a WGC problem? Have your say. Email whtimes@archant.co.uk

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