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 Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 17:17 GMT
Royal Mail office bans staff parking
Post office, Llanelli
Staff are prevented from parking in the delivery office
The Royal Mail has stopped staff parking in the grounds of a Llanelli delivery office, weeks after the death of a member of the public at another depot.

The decision to prevent parking at the Old Castle Road office followed the death in Bridgend in October.

It was considered potentially hazardous to have too many vehicles in the outside working area

Royal Mail spokesperson

A police spokesman said the move had compounded parking problems in the run-up to Christmas.

All of the 150 Royal Mail staff have now been encouraged to act responsibly when parking their cars in the town.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said the move was made after a review of safety and security issues at the office.

"It has been decided not to allow staff to park their own vehicles in the busy yard area of the office," she said.

Inspector Phil Edwards
Inspector Phil Edwards: Positive action

"We have more than 50 delivery office vans constantly arriving and leaving the yard.

"It was considered potentially hazardous to have too many vehicles in the outside working area," she added.

She stressed the office had only ever had limited space for parking because many staff walk to work.

Vehicles removed

Inspector Phil Edwards, from Llanelli police, said he thought the move had contributed to the seasonal rush of traffic.

"It has to be a factor, although I have no evidence to support it," he said.

There is a considerable problem in Llanelli town centre and there is a need for more car parks

Inspector Edwards, Llanelli police

Llanelli police decided to take positive action over parking problems after the issue was raised at a local community council meeting.

Officers began their pre-Christmas clamp-down on 14 December.

"The drive has caused mayhem," said Inspector Edwards.

"We are reporting anyone and everyone, and vehicles have been removed.

"People have been dumping cars in places where they cause obstruction, and that is not the way we want people to behave.

"People park on double yellow lines and obstruct deliveries - it also prevents the access of emergency services," he added.

'Big concern'

As well as shoppers, local people are also being affected because they are unable to park outside their own houses.

Inspector Edwards said he was aware that parking was a serious issue, especially near the town centre.

"There is a considerable problem in Llanelli town centre and there is a need for more car parks," he said.

"But we cannot tolerate people abandoning their cars," he added.

Inspector Edwards also said he knew the move was unpopular but said the situation would improve at the end of the Christmas period.


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