‘It will take an accident to get Aldi issue sorted’

Neighbour Kathleen Down outside Aldi on Towngate, Leyland
Neighbour Kathleen Down outside Aldi on Towngate, Leyland

A resident who lives near a busy Leyland supermarket is fed up of drivers treating the area ‘like a fairground’.

Kathleen Down believes Aldi, on Towngate, is a victim of its own success because an increasing number of customers have to manoeuvre around the delivery lorries on the small car park.

Kathleen, who lives opposite the store on Westgate, also worries about how close the large lorries get to her house.

She said: “We now have up to four lorries a day coming up Westgate, and they are so large that they struggle to get in and out of the car park, especially with all of the other cars coming and going.

“Drivers treat it like a fairground, trying to get in and out at the same time.

“If you were to stand in my front room, you would see how close they are to the house when they leave.

“Common sense would be to put white arrows guiding the car drivers as they enter to turn left at the first opening, and continuing until they find a space.

“Sometimes cars park in the most stupid places, which means the lorries have a hard job to even enter the car park.

“Us residents see this daily but it will take a bad accident before anyone notices.”

She added: “Aldi is a victim of its own success.

“I really would love a few of the Aldi big boys to sit in my front room and watch the show for a couple of hours ... that’s if they can cross the road safely.”

Aldi has apologised for the inconvenience, but said it hasn’t received any reports about the issues recently.

A spokesman said: “We were made aware of traffic congestion and issues with deliveries some time ago.

“We addressed these by replacing our third-party haulage company partners with delivery drivers employed directly by Aldi.

“Since then, the situation has improved, and we have received no reports of incidents in store.

“Our lorries are only able to deliver to store between the hours of 7am and 6pm; these restrictions are imposed by the council.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to local residents.”