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Concerns were also rained for pram and wheelchair users who were forced to cross the blind and busy bend.
The shop’s general manager Michael Radoszko, 35, has been against Gloucestershire County Council’s actions to install bollards there without an accessible loading bay for his shop.
The lorry was photographed in the carriageway at 3.45pm on Thursday, June 17, by a frustrated resident who claims it was there for 15 minutes.
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Cars were seen queuing on either side of the lorry on the bend, having to take turns driving around.
This comes after the council advised the shop to have their delivery vans park behind a nearby bus stop away from the narrowest part of the road.
‘Very very dangerous’
Resident Ebrahim Moosajee, who lives opposite to the shop, said: “It was very busy. I saw cars coming up both lanes. They were having to wait either side of the lorry for cars to go past on each side.
“That was worse than before when the bollards weren’t there because it was actually blocking the road, can you imagine if emergency services had been there? That was a p*** take, to be honest.
“There’s no respect from the driver and the shop knows he has parked there so there is no consideration from the shop again. They’re disrespecting council regulations where they have offered them space to park just behind the bus stop.
“It’s very very dangerous, I fear for the drivers now. People can walk around. My concerns are more for the drivers now who have to stop on the road, just to wait for this lorry to go past.”
Shopkeeper fears having to close shop
Biedronki shopkeeper Mr Radoszko said the delivery driver was unaware of the new rules. He claims the driver delivered three pallets of stock and was there for ten minutes.
Mr Radoszko said: “We are still waiting for a response from Highways [Gloucestershire County Council] to find a solution safer for everybody and we will teach our delivery lorries to park as safely as possible.
“If not, I am very worried I will be forced to close the store and over 20 people will lose their jobs.”
‘Risk to human life and limbs’
Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: “The council should have negotiated with the shop beforehand.
“But I do not support deliveries like this, it is a risk to human life and limbs. I don’t want anyone to get hurt there. The parking there is wrong.
“When planning permission was originally given to the shop, they should have taken into consideration the parking problem. It’s a risk to passers-by, the pedestrians.”
The unit space the shop now inhabits was originally designed as a car show room.
‘We will closely monitor the area,’ vows council
Gloucestershire County Council has vowed to “closely monitor the area” after they saw the pictures. The local authority said unattended lorries on double yellow lines “can affect visibility” for pedestrians and road users.
A Gloucestershire County Council spokesperson said: “In line with the current restrictions, loading and unloading activity can take place outside of the peak hours of 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm.
“We have advised that an area next to the bus stop may be more suitable as it is away from the narrowest section of the road, whilst parking considerately to maintain access for local bus services.
“Lorries should not be left parked and unattended on the yellow lines however, as this can affect visibility for passing traffic and people crossing the road.
“Now the bollards have been installed and lorries are stopping in the carriageway, we will closely monitor the area to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists and will continue to work with the local community to see what else can be done to help.”
The Hawker Hunter XF509 being loaded on Thursday at Fort Paull near Hull on the start of her journey to Margate Pic: Alex Wood
Lyndon Davies, chief executive of Hornby, bought the Hawker Hunter XF509 for £14,000 at auction earlier this year and plans to use it as a tribute to employees who died in recent times.
The aircraft was once fixed on a pole outside the Humbrol factory on Hedon Road in Hull, which closed in 2006.
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It later moved to the military museum at Fort Paull to the east of Hull until that closed last year.
The plane which stood outside for decades is now in a hangar at Manston in Kent, where she will stay temporarily
Hornby owns brands including Hornby model railways, Scalextric, Humbrol and Airfix – which makes exactly the same kit version of the classic British jet aircraft.
The planes – which some believe were among the most beautiful ever made – entered RAF service in 1954 and still provided training support almost 40 years later.
Flight specialist for Hornby Hobbies Michael Clegg watched on as the plane was removed from its plinth and hoisted onto the back of a lorry for the start of the journey to Manston airfield in Kent, where it will be getting a bit of “TLC” before moving to Hornby’s headquarters in Margate.
The plane arrived at Manston on Friday morning and is now standing on her own wheels and under cover in a hangar for the first time in decades.
Auctioneer Andrew Baitson (pictured) sold the plane to Lyndon Davies earlier this year
The former RAF airfield played part in history as Meteor jets – the first Allied jet in service – flew from there in WW2.
The XF509 – which started out with 54 Squadron in 1957 and ended its career with No. 4 Flying Training School at RAF Valley – has its own 1:48 scale model.
Mr Clegg said: “She was a little reluctant to leave her plinth at first – she quite likes it here in Hull.
“She’s going to get some TLC (at Manston) and by the time we get her to Margate we’ll have a proper position for her.
The Hawker Hunter leaving Fort Paull on its journey to Manston, then Margate Pic: Michael Clegg
“Lyndon Davies has done this out of the goodness of his heart – it shows how great a boss he is and how he cares about his staff.
“The people we lost really knocked us for six. This is a nice way for us to physically remember them.
“At the moment the intention is to display her at her traditional home in Margate, the old Hornby Hobbies factory, which used to make the trains.
“We have gone back (there) in the last couple of years – gone full circle to our spiritual home and this is where it will end up hopefully.
“We are all excited at the prospect of having her come home.”
Married Mr Kocurek, of Berkley Court, Bury Old Road, Salford, was critically ill in Salford Royal Hospital until June 4 when he died.
Assistant coroner for Manchester North, Julie Robertson, adjourned the hearing until January 18 next year but said the the evidence would be reviewed on October 11.
That evidence would include an overview from Mr Kocurek’s GP, mental health services and a post mortem examination report, she said.
Following the announcement of Mr Kocurek’s death, police appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.
Sergeant Andrew Page, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Despite the best efforts from hospital staff to save his life, Jan sadly passed away and our thoughts are with his family who are understandably devastated.
“We’ve been carrying out a number of enquiries since this collision happened and we’re continuing to ask any witnesses to come forward with information that may assist us with our investigation.
“Anyone who may have seen the collision, has dash-cam footage or perhaps saw the man prior to the collision is asked to call 0161 856 4741.
“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Helplines and websites
Samaritans (116 123)samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.
CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death. No one needs to feel alone as they deal with their grief. www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk
Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Beat Eating Disorders: Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders. These helplines are free to call from all phones. Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677, Studentline: 0808 801 0811, Youthline: 0808 801 0711. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Anorexia & Bulimia Care: ABC provide on-going care, emotional support and practical guidance for anyone affected by eating disorders, those struggling personally and parents, families and friends. Helpline: 03000 11 12 13. www.anorexiabulimiacare.org.uk/
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org