Outcry from residents after Yodel delivery vans blight Stapleford streets

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Residents are up in arms over parcel delivery vans which they claim at are causing problems in Stapleford streets – with concerns that emergency vehicles would struggle to access the area.

Calls have been made for Nottinghamshire County Council to double paint yellow lines in Brookhill Street, Portland Crescent and Newton Drive in Stapleford.

Residents believe this would improve the area, claiming that vans belonging to a contractor who works for parcel delivery service Yodel have blighted the streets for more than a year.

Yodel has now apologised to residents and reassured them that its supplier and his drivers have confirmed that they will not park in this area again.

But Donna MacRae, from Stapleford Community Group, which has been fighting the matter with Yodel and county council, said: “Yodel drivers parking off Brookhill Street are putting the lives of residents at risk by blocking two streets in the area.

“Drivers are parking on Portland Crescent and Newton Drive when not using the vans and it is making it very difficult for drivers to get in and out.

“There is absolutely no chance of a fire engine or an ambulance getting through if they were required. We have contacted the Highways Department, Nottinghamshire County Council and the police and are awaiting replies.

“We have contacted Yodel who have said they will investigate as this is not the behaviour they expect from drivers. When Yodel were contacted in the past the problem did stop for a short while but is now worse than ever before.

Stapleford Community Group claims that all the drivers live in one house on the street and sometimes they are all “parked bumper to bumper, side to side.”

The group claims they are using the street like “a warehouse” and residents are struggling to access their properties due to how they are parked.

The group says that the Highways Authority has informed them that installing single and double yellow lines to stop the problem can result in a lengthy consultation which can take up to 10 months.

Residents have taken to social media to vent their frustration with one resident saying: “I first reported these vans to yodel and the police in March last year.

“Yodel always say it’s not what’s expected from their delivery drivers and things change for maybe a week at most. In the last year I’ve rang the police around five times, when I have been blocked from getting access either into or exiting Newton drive, I don’t bother complaining anymore.

“They block the pavement on both sides of the road, forcing whoever walks down the street into the middle of the road. They have in the past blocked the street to swap parcels between vans. This a street, not a mini yodel depot.”

Dave Walker, district manager at Via East Midlands, which manages the county’s highways services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We have been made aware of parking issues affecting residents on Brook Hill and Newton Close in Stapleford and will look into the issues further.”

A spokesman for Yodel said: “We received a complaint last week regarding the parking of vans along residential streets in the Portland Road area.

“We immediately investigated and advised the emailer that action had been taken to resolve the issue. We have identified the vans as belonging to a contractor who supplies Yodel with both drivers and vehicles. Although there are no parking restrictions, the number of vans was restricting the flow of traffic, and could be dangerous. We would like to apologise to residents for the concern caused and to reassure them that our supplier and his drivers have confirmed that they will not park in this area again.”

By Matt Jarram, Nottingham Post 

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