Laceby parking issue petition numbers swell to more than a hundred people as residents fear 'accident waiting to happen'

Grange Avenue and Grimsby Road, Laceby
-Credit: (Image: LDR)


Petition signatures calling for action over a parking problem in Laceby have swelled to more than 100.

A petition was lodged with North East Lincolnshire Council by village residents over parking issues at a meeting in March. Back then, the council-received number of petitioners was 28.

It is now at 114, with Grimsby Live seeing first-hand last week at least another eight signatures to be submitted. The concern is focused on Grimsby Road, Grange Avenue and roads that are accessed via the latter - Whitgift Close and Trevor Close.

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Grimsby Live has spoken to residents who have concerns, including petition organisers. "An accident waiting to happen" has been warned of, if the issue does not get addressed. Residents claim a source of an influx of parked cars on the roads includes staff from the nearby BMW Marshall garage.

However, while some local residents are finding parking difficult, there is no suggestion that parking by staff at the garage is illegal.

"It's since 2019 it's been going on," a Laceby resident said, who looks after their Grimsby Road mum. "In a nutshell, the rural businesses have been allowed to expand, and rightly so, but they haven't given any thought to the offsite parking of their employees, which has led their employees convenience parking, which has upset the village residents.

"To get here in and out of the car, without causing an obstruction, I do have to park on the other side of the road and get across."

A comment by the owners of adjacent Laceby Business Park on a 2019 application for the BMW Marshall garage's expansion references a previous agreement to allow some garage cars on its land. But it adds this would end when it developed additional units. "This arrangement will cease and they will then need to re-site up to another 50 vehicles offsite."

Grange Avenue, Laceby, on Tuesday, May 14, at 1.30pm
Grange Avenue, Laceby, on Tuesday, May 14, at 1.30pm -Credit:LDR

Nearby residents claimed there is a scheme for staff to park at the nearby Oaklands Hall Hotel and use a laid-on bus. "There's possibly at any one time, three or four parked at Oaklands," Trevor Close resident Les Ward claimed.

"What's happening isn't right, I can't emphasise that enough," Mr Ward said. He stated in another conversation about the parking: "It's extremely dangerous getting out of Grange Avenue onto Grimsby Road." His cousin Brian, who lives in the area too, warned "it was an accident waiting to happen".

Residents also say the problem has been more pronounced on Grange Avenue and the roads off it since parking restrictions were put in for George Butler Close. This is the closest residential road to the garage. Last year, after submissions from residents and Laceby Village Council, the council issued a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to restrict parking here during the daytime.

"A remedy needs to be found," said one Laceby resident. "What I'd like to see is the same principles they used at George Butler Close they use 100 yards away," said Mr Ward, who favoured parking restrictions as the answer.

"We're seriously thinking of moving," he said, should the issue continue. BMW Marshall was contacted for comment on the parking issues residents claim are contributed to by its staff, but declined to make a statement.

George Butler Close in Laceby, pictured, had a TRO parking restriction issued to it last year because of parking problems
George Butler Close in Laceby, pictured, had a TRO parking restriction issued to it last year because of parking problems -Credit:LDR

Consistently expressed frustration was made by Mr Ward about the number of signatures logged, 28, at the first Grimsby Town Hall meeting in March. While he checked North East Lincolnshire Council only received 28, he maintains he submitted 60 to the village council.

Laceby Village Council was contacted and its new chair Cllr Rhys Childs said: "Laceby Village Council have for some time been raising concerns about road safety issues effecting Grimsby Road, Grange Avenue, Whitgift Close, and Trevor Close. We are fully supportive of residents in our community who are calling for improvements.

"Recently the Village Council submitted the signatures of those who signed the Laceby parking petition with North East Lincolnshire Council. All the signatures presented to the Village Council on February 6 as part of the Laceby parking petition were submitted. The Village Council will continue to raise concerns about the road safety issues. This will include working with residents to make their views known to North East Lincolnshire Council."

He added, in a personal capacity only, his view that the village council and prior chair had gotten "off on the wrong foot" with Mr Ward and other residents, "for which I apologise".

"I’ve only just become chair this month, and I’d like to work much more cooperatively with Mr Ward and the residents in any way I can." Mr Childs is one of the youngest village council chairs in the country, at 18 years old.