Friday, 20 September 2013

One Way To Upset Windsor Road Residents

Residents close to the Stone Place car park exit in Windsor road are finding that the new one way system is not such a good idea after all. Not only has the amount of traffic in Windsor Road increased to the point that residents are complaining of being blocked from exiting their driveways but also the noise of the daily early morning parade of delivery trucks is apparently starting to take its toll on people’s sanity.

A number of readers have commented about this on July’s Stone Place post. One reader summed up the noise by saying:
“to anyone fortunate enough to be out of earshot, the sound of a loaded HGV hitting speed ramps in Stone Place, in the early hours of the morning, sounds like the vehicles are exploding landmines.”
One local resident who has been keeping a log of the noise told the blog that they have been woken up as early as a quarter past 5 in the morning by trucks.

It’s not only Waitrose delivery trucks that have to come through. Delivery lorries and waste disposal trucks are needed to service Waitrose, Iceland, Pizza Express and all the other businesses there (plus the Library). To quote the same reader:
“And don't forget that Iceland delivery vehicles are now having to delivery exclusively out of hours because the newly reduced and restricted area around Iceland now prevents it at any other time. I asked at Iceland how they are managing to get around the situation. The response was along the lines of "completely impractical, but it's a case of having to make it work - or close down!"
The Good News

Stewart Mackay getting a signature
There is a glimmer of hope however for these blighted residents. The one-way system is under a trial period until November. So it can be altered if the powers that be (Sutton Council) decide it isn’t working. Local Conservatives have set up a petition to try to help convince them to look at it again. Stewart Mackay (pictured here) who has been out in Windsor Road gathering signatures told the blog:
“When these people moved here they weren’t expecting Windsor Road to be suddenly jammed with cars like this or to be woken up every morning from 5am by delivery trucks. It’s been a poorly thought through plan that has had a negative effect on local residents and I hope the council will see sense and reverse the decision.”
You can now also sign the petition on the internet here if you don’t manage to sign the paper one going around.

Update (25th September)

One local resident has been logging the noise being made by the lorries in Yoga Way and has kindly sent them to me. Here are the results:

Date Time Comments
04/09/2013 05:45 Wake-up unidentified lorry
  06:07 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:22 Rubbish lorry to Stone Place
  06:30 Biffa to Pizza Express
 
05/09/2013 05:45 Wake-up unidentified lorry Iceland lorry in Stone Place
  06:11 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:30 Monitoring ended
 
06/09/2013 05:17 Wake-up unidentified lorry Iceland lorry in Stone Place at 5:34am
  06:00 Lorry leaving Yoga Way, unidentified
  06:16 Biffa to Pizza Express
  06:38 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:45 Monitoring ended
 
07/09/2013 06:10 Wake-up unidentified lorry Iceland lorry in Stone Place at 6:15am
  06:25 Kingsmill lorry exits Yoga Way
  06:40 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters Yoga Way
  06:50 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), exits Yoga Way
  07:00 Monitoring ended
 
08/09/2013 06:57 Kingsmill lorry on Yoga Way
 
09/09/2013 06:18 Wake-up unidentified lorry Iceland lorry in Stone Place
  06:25 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:43 "Initial" lorry on Yoga Way
  06:45 Iceland lorry exits on Yoga Way
 
10/09/2013 05:50 Kingsmill lorry on Yoga Way Iceland lorry in Stone Place
  06:15 "Veolia" (?) lorry on Yoga Way (hard to distinguish logo)
  06:22 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
 
11/09/2013 05:27 Wake-up unidentifiable white lorry Note sunrises on this day at 6:29am. Iceland lorry in carpark (photo)
  05:32 Rubbish lorry enters Yoga Way to turn-around by Lotus apartment and immediately exit (reverse warning audible)
  06:02 Kingsmill lorry on Yoga Way
  06:11 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:47 Iceland lorry exits on Yoga Way
 
12/09/2013 05:37 Wake-up unidentified lorry exiting Stone Place
  05:50 Kingsmill lorry on Yoga Way
  05:57 Rubbish lorry to Stone Place Photo
  06:38 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters on Yoga Way
  06:50 Iceland lorry exits on Yoga Way
  06:53 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), leaves on Yoga Way
 
13/09/2013 06:16 "ADM" (?) lorry on Yoga Way (hard to distinguish logo)
  06:37 White lorry on Yoga Way
  06:52 Biffa on Yoga Way
 
16/09/2013 06:34 Iceland lorry exits on Yoga Way
  06:35 Warbutons lorry (serves Iceland and Waitrose), enters, will also exit via Yoga Way
  06:46 Kingsmill lorry on Yoga Way