Traders’ fury at van ‘dumped on street’

PARKING ROW: Businesses are angry at the way the G4S van was parked on Market Street
PARKING ROW: Businesses are angry at the way the G4S van was parked on Market Street
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A security company has been slammed by a trader for having “total disregard” for strict parking rules in Chorley town centre.

The G4S van was seen “dumped” on the pavement on Market Street this week-despite new parking bays being just metres away.

However, G4S say vehicles sometimes have to do this for safety reasons. Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders Alliance, said he was disgusted that professional drivers were ignoring the rules on Market Street.

He said: “I really don’t understand why it should be one rule for one and one rule for the other.

“These are so-called professional drivers and they have no respect for the public or traders when he just dumped his van on the pavement.”

Mr Allen said that the re-opening of Market Street has been a success.

Despite early problems, drivers have respected the rules put on the street.

He added: “It’s well managed by Lancashire County Council and the police.

“Initially there was a few problems, but everything runs smoothly until this incident.”

A spokesman from G4S said: “Our primary duty is to ensure the safety of its staff whilst carrying out their duties as well as minimising the risk to members of the public being caught up in potentially violent situations,.

“This sometimes requires our crews to park as close as possible to a customer’s premises which helps reduce the window of opportunity for potential attacks.

“For this reason our vehicles will on occasion utilise pedestrian areas and roadside parking nearest the customer where possible when other parking availability is unavailable.”