Tesco in London Road, Rayleigh, to apply to Rochford District Council to extend car park to ease traffic problems

Southend Standard: Tesco to extend car park to ease parking chaos Tesco to extend car park to ease parking chaos

TRAFFIC chaos around a busy Tesco supermarket could be solved after the company applied to extend its car park.

Fed up residents have complained about parking problems at the shop in London Road, Rayleigh, shortly after it opened in February 2012. 

The Tesco took over the site of a former off-licence. 

Shoppers using the Tesco Express store in London Road, Rayleigh, are stopping on double yellow lines and clogging up surrounding roads including nearby Vernon Avenue.

Motorists are also bumping up grass verges and parking across driveways - causing a nuisance for people living nearby.

Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, campaigned with residents living around the Tesco to try to fix the problem. 

He wrote letters to Phil Clarke, the chief executive of Tesco, in a campaign which he began in March 2012 - shortly after the store opened - to raise concerns.

Residents contacted Mr Francois to raise the issue of haphazard and dangerous parking outside the store, as well as problems caused by Tesco’s own delivery lorries. Sweyne Park Ward councillors Joan Mockford and Toby Mountain also supported the campaign. 

Mr Francois says Tesco has confirmed, subject to Rochford District Council's approval, they will buy the grass area on the site and use it to extend the current car park.

Tesco also said it has consolidated deliveries so only one delivery is required per day. This should improve the current congestion caused by multiple lorries travelling to and from the site each day.

Welcoming the news, Mr Francois said: “I have seen for myself the disruption that has been caused outside the store by inadequate parking provision and the nuisance it caused my constituents who lived close by, so I am delighted that, after two years of lobbying, Tesco have finally agreed to make the necessary improvements and expand the car park at their London Road site in Rayleigh.”

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2:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

black jack ketchum says...

Mark Francois the MP you only see at Toilet & Cashpoint machine opening ceremonies!
Mark Francois the MP you only see at Toilet & Cashpoint machine opening ceremonies! black jack ketchum
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2:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

PB - Rayleigh says...

not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened.

However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath
not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened. However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath PB - Rayleigh
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

every little helps.....
every little helps..... pembury53
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2:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Nebs says...

Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?
Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets? Nebs
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Dangerous D says...

Its a shame to see the grass verge turned into more parking. I used to spending my childhood (and some adulthood) counting the blades of grass and having picnic's on saturdays whilst car spotting. This will be a massive loss.
Its a shame to see the grass verge turned into more parking. I used to spending my childhood (and some adulthood) counting the blades of grass and having picnic's on saturdays whilst car spotting. This will be a massive loss. Dangerous D
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3:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

whateverhappened says...

Dangerous D wrote:
Its a shame to see the grass verge turned into more parking. I used to spending my childhood (and some adulthood) counting the blades of grass and having picnic's on saturdays whilst car spotting. This will be a massive loss.
That's still entertainment in rayleigh..
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the issue of haphazard and dangerous parking outside the store, as well as problems caused by Tesco’s own delivery lorries.
NOW why are tesco lorries able to park on a bend on double yellows for over a hour on leigh broadway, whilst those tit parking wardens wander round looking for someone who has 1/32 of a tyre overhanging a parking bay.
[quote][p][bold]Dangerous D[/bold] wrote: Its a shame to see the grass verge turned into more parking. I used to spending my childhood (and some adulthood) counting the blades of grass and having picnic's on saturdays whilst car spotting. This will be a massive loss.[/p][/quote]That's still entertainment in rayleigh.. / / the issue of haphazard and dangerous parking outside the store, as well as problems caused by Tesco’s own delivery lorries. NOW why are tesco lorries able to park on a bend on double yellows for over a hour on leigh broadway, whilst those tit parking wardens wander round looking for someone who has 1/32 of a tyre overhanging a parking bay. whateverhappened
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3:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

rayleigh123 says...

The council should NEVER have allowed it on such a small piece of land, with totally unsatisfactory number of parking places.

I pass there at 8.15 every morning, virtually every day ther is a massive deliver vehiclle (3663 vehicles come to mind) half on the pavement - half blocking the road.

Sweyne kids have to walk in the road to get around them.

Where was the council brains to give permission for this potential accident site.

Another example of BIG BUSINESS PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE.
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The council should NEVER have allowed it on such a small piece of land, with totally unsatisfactory number of parking places. I pass there at 8.15 every morning, virtually every day ther is a massive deliver vehiclle (3663 vehicles come to mind) half on the pavement - half blocking the road. Sweyne kids have to walk in the road to get around them. Where was the council brains to give permission for this potential accident site. Another example of BIG BUSINESS PROFITS BEFORE PEOPLE. . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 11

3:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

echostretch says...

The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.
The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place. echostretch
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4:01pm Wed 9 Apr 14

maddriver says...

Nebs wrote:
Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?
Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?[/p][/quote]Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so. maddriver
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4:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

If, as reported, there are numbers of motorists parking on double yellow lines it's a wonder we haven't heard about anyone complaining that they've been nicked by the spy car yet.....
If, as reported, there are numbers of motorists parking on double yellow lines it's a wonder we haven't heard about anyone complaining that they've been nicked by the spy car yet..... Howard Cháse
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5:56pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ddf35 says...

Equally, why do people think that these small express stores and/or cash machines give them the right to park like irresponsible idiots? Whether the store should have been there or not - the idiots need to be held to account too.
Equally, why do people think that these small express stores and/or cash machines give them the right to park like irresponsible idiots? Whether the store should have been there or not - the idiots need to be held to account too. ddf35
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7:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

PB - Rayleigh says...

echostretch wrote:
The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.
if the council had consulted residents before they granted planning permission we would have told them exactly that! however they consulted people in Hockley and the other side of Rayleigh but strangely no local residents ever received their letter.

The proposed improvements will only work if we can educate the customers that use the store - at the moment they insist on parking everywhere but the car park! It is mayhem - especially after 4pm on a Sunday when all other supermarkets (with HUGE car parks) are all shut!
[quote][p][bold]echostretch[/bold] wrote: The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.[/p][/quote]if the council had consulted residents before they granted planning permission we would have told them exactly that! however they consulted people in Hockley and the other side of Rayleigh but strangely no local residents ever received their letter. The proposed improvements will only work if we can educate the customers that use the store - at the moment they insist on parking everywhere but the car park! It is mayhem - especially after 4pm on a Sunday when all other supermarkets (with HUGE car parks) are all shut! PB - Rayleigh
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?
Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so.
He has a habit of doing this..constantly.
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?[/p][/quote]Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so.[/p][/quote]He has a habit of doing this..constantly. ThisYear
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9:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nebs wrote:
Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?
some are and some ain't, a 50/50 i would say.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?[/p][/quote]some are and some ain't, a 50/50 i would say. DogsMessInLeigh
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9:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

PB - Rayleigh wrote:
not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened.

However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath
out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..?
Thanks in advance.
[quote][p][bold]PB - Rayleigh[/bold] wrote: not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened. However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath[/p][/quote]out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..? Thanks in advance. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

9:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
If, as reported, there are numbers of motorists parking on double yellow lines it's a wonder we haven't heard about anyone complaining that they've been nicked by the spy car yet.....
Has Rayleigh got a parking enforcement spy car.?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: If, as reported, there are numbers of motorists parking on double yellow lines it's a wonder we haven't heard about anyone complaining that they've been nicked by the spy car yet.....[/p][/quote]Has Rayleigh got a parking enforcement spy car.? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -4

11:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

PB - Rayleigh says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
PB - Rayleigh wrote:
not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened.

However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath
out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..?
Thanks in advance.
A couple of, thankfully, minor accidents and plenty of near misses - including one where a blind man and his guide dog were almost reversed into by a customer trying to exit the car park onto London Road. Are you disappointed that there have been no fatalities by any chance? We local residents have been campaigning for 2 years to stop that happening.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PB - Rayleigh[/bold] wrote: not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened. However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath[/p][/quote]out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..? Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]A couple of, thankfully, minor accidents and plenty of near misses - including one where a blind man and his guide dog were almost reversed into by a customer trying to exit the car park onto London Road. Are you disappointed that there have been no fatalities by any chance? We local residents have been campaigning for 2 years to stop that happening. PB - Rayleigh
  • Score: 5

9:00am Thu 10 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

PB - Rayleigh wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
PB - Rayleigh wrote:
not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened.

However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath
out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..?
Thanks in advance.
A couple of, thankfully, minor accidents and plenty of near misses - including one where a blind man and his guide dog were almost reversed into by a customer trying to exit the car park onto London Road. Are you disappointed that there have been no fatalities by any chance? We local residents have been campaigning for 2 years to stop that happening.
don't get your knickers in a twist, was just enquiring as i have a colleague whom has a minor interest in stats for accidents waiting to happen at busy ill thought out places, you are there so you seemed the logical person to ask, i will pass the information on.
Thanks for the answer of 2 minor ones, but they can't use the plenty part as they would need to be more specific when the findings are complete.
Thanks again.
[quote][p][bold]PB - Rayleigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PB - Rayleigh[/bold] wrote: not before time - has been a long and tiresome 2 year battle to get some degree of progress at this site. This photo is so old that now the same area has NO grass whatsoever - all because customers are too lazy to park down the road and delivery vans park there while they wait for a space on the forecourt. Whole area at the top of Vernon Avenue is congested and dangerous to other road users and pedestrians - has been an accident waiting to happen since the store opened. However I will believe these improvements when I see them - won't hold my breath[/p][/quote]out of interest,How many accidents occurred in the 2 years..? Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]A couple of, thankfully, minor accidents and plenty of near misses - including one where a blind man and his guide dog were almost reversed into by a customer trying to exit the car park onto London Road. Are you disappointed that there have been no fatalities by any chance? We local residents have been campaigning for 2 years to stop that happening.[/p][/quote]don't get your knickers in a twist, was just enquiring as i have a colleague whom has a minor interest in stats for accidents waiting to happen at busy ill thought out places, you are there so you seemed the logical person to ask, i will pass the information on. Thanks for the answer of 2 minor ones, but they can't use the plenty part as they would need to be more specific when the findings are complete. Thanks again. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

11:32am Thu 10 Apr 14

rayleigh123 says...

echostretch wrote:
The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.
How dare you try to to stop big business making a profit

What is a couple of accidents compared to big business make thier dollars.


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[quote][p][bold]echostretch[/bold] wrote: The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.[/p][/quote]How dare you try to to stop big business making a profit What is a couple of accidents compared to big business make thier dollars. . . . rayleigh123
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12:51pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dangerous D says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
echostretch wrote:
The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.
How dare you try to to stop big business making a profit

What is a couple of accidents compared to big business make thier dollars.


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Soon everything will be knocked down into one big tesco, like a one stop shop. We will all work in there aswell as it will consume the world.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]echostretch[/bold] wrote: The store should never have been given planing permission to open where it is. The parking and access is totally idiotic anyone with the slightest bit common sense could see there are not enough parking places, with cars and trucks reversing out of the entrance as people try and pull in its only a matter of time until there is a serious accident. I blame the council for allowing it to be built there in the first place.[/p][/quote]How dare you try to to stop big business making a profit What is a couple of accidents compared to big business make thier dollars. . . .[/p][/quote]Soon everything will be knocked down into one big tesco, like a one stop shop. We will all work in there aswell as it will consume the world. Dangerous D
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1:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
maddriver wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?
Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so.
He has a habit of doing this..constantly.
oh and you are NEVER irrelevant are you?

Most of your comments are made from what you think, rather than what you actually KNOW.

Pot and kettle.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Are the prices the same in the small Tesco shops compared to their big supermarkets?[/p][/quote]Totally irrelevant - try not to make comments for the sake of doing so.[/p][/quote]He has a habit of doing this..constantly.[/p][/quote]oh and you are NEVER irrelevant are you? Most of your comments are made from what you think, rather than what you actually KNOW. Pot and kettle. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

1:47pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

...and really this is only the business of people who live near it.

Frankly, I never saw such a ridiculous car park in my life; I've used the place a couple of times but frankly it's too much bother because you can only reverse out. There is no exit from the side. Only one way in and out and if someone else is trying to turn in, it's a nightmare. It's poky and should never have been passed by the planners in the first place.

So I don't bother. Any late night shopping is served by Sainsbury's at the Weir.
...and really this is only the business of people who live near it. Frankly, I never saw such a ridiculous car park in my life; I've used the place a couple of times but frankly it's too much bother because you can only reverse out. There is no exit from the side. Only one way in and out and if someone else is trying to turn in, it's a nightmare. It's poky and should never have been passed by the planners in the first place. So I don't bother. Any late night shopping is served by Sainsbury's at the Weir. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

5:12pm Fri 11 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Is there any truth in the rumour that tesco built this store bigger than they were given planning permission for? It is a pity they can't put the unsightly empty trolleys out of sight down the side. A small building would have laft more parking room. But the way the cars are parked tells us a lot about the everage tesco customer!
Is there any truth in the rumour that tesco built this store bigger than they were given planning permission for? It is a pity they can't put the unsightly empty trolleys out of sight down the side. A small building would have laft more parking room. But the way the cars are parked tells us a lot about the everage tesco customer! I care about rayleigh
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