Tesco under fire for flouting Putney High Street lorry ban

Published: Thursday 21st January 16

The council’s environment spokesman Jonathan Cook has criticised supermarket giant Tesco for flouting new air quality rules in Putney High Street.

Since a ban on daytime deliveries was introduced ten days ago to stop vans and lorries blocking traffic, huge Tesco juggernauts have twice been photographed parked up outside its small store in the high street.

On both occasions the lorries obstructed traffic and caused congestion to buses and other traffic for at least half an hour – including at the height of today’s (Thursday) morning rush hour.

The ban was introduced as part of a new initiative to raise air quality standards in the high street. The restriction prohibits any vehicle from parking and/or loading and unloading between 7am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.

Cllr Cook said: “It is extremely disappointing that our efforts to improve air quality in the high street are being so openly undermined by Tesco.

“We would certainly have expected a large company like theirs to understand the need to comply with these rules, which will not only be of benefit to the wider community but also directly benefit their own staff and customers.

“We did speak to their store manager after last week’s initial transgression and were assured it would not happen again. Sadly today has shown this is not the case and as a result Tesco’s reputation is bound to suffer - in Putney at least.”

The driver of today’s lorry was issued with a £130 fine.

The ban on daytime deliveries is designed to help traffic flow more easily – especially buses and other large vehicles - thus reducing the ‘stop start’ movement of traffic that results in higher pollution levels.

It builds on other work carried out by the council to limit vehicle emissions, including the introduction of 89 cleaner engine buses on routes serving the high streets

This was achieved ahead of schedule after TfL and the Mayor were shown research commissioned by the council that revealed buses were contributing more than two thirds of harmful NOx emissions in the high street. Faced with this evidence TfL agreed to fit the buses with new exhaust technology that has subsequently reduced pollutants at street level by 72 per cent.

As a result of this scheme, the council was named runner-up in the 2015 National Air Quality Awards in the Local Air Quality Initiative of the Year category.
 
For more information about the work being carried out locally to improve air quality across the borough visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/airquality.

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Recent comments

Can WBC and councils all over London ban or fine supermarket delivery vans too, or for that matter any vehicle who sits stationary with their engines idling in residential streets everywhere, polluting our great city. Give parking wardens the authority to enforce this. The message will soon go out as drivers need to be made aware that the shocking levels of air pollution need to be reduced. Our local authorities need to show willing to deal with this along with brave initiatives to help tackle it.
Gill Allen

26 January 2016

I find this report very Hypocritical -- for years I have been complaining about Buses Changing Drivers and leaving the Engines of Buses running whilst doing so -- pumping out Carcinogenic fumes -- These change overs were solely on the Bus Stop opposite Putney Station-- in the last couple of years this also takes place on the Bus Stop outside of TK Maxx -- But nothing is ever done no wonder Putney High Street often exceeds the limit for toxicity in the air .
Mr B F O'Callaghan

25 January 2016

As mentioned by other posters, a) £130 fine to Tesco is like 1p to the rest of us. Make it £50,000. b) everywhere, it is exactly the same problem. They block the road and don’t care less. They destroy the local shops, disrupt traffic & add huge amounts of pollution to the area. Southfields now has 3 main Supermarkets and 2 local min marts (local shops). In Replingham Road, Tesco EVERY DAY park outside & block the traffic, even though there is a parking area that was put aside ESPECIALLY for them taking away parking spaces for local residents, but the drivers are too lazy to use it as it. The council has announced an “Improvement” to Southfields for the residents, which is clearly designed to pander to M & S for their delivery trucks.
Clive

25 January 2016

Is this the same Cllr Cook who championed the return of Formula E and its courteige of hundreds of polluting lorries and heavy machines to Battersea Park this summer?
Rob Hopkins

23 January 2016

Tesco isn't the only store flouting the daytime delivery ban. I spotted TWO lorries parked end to end delivering at the top of the high street at 10.50amnon Thursday 21st Jan. A Bidfest lorry was unloading a trolley of goods, including boxes clearly displaying the Subway sandwich bar logo into Subway. The second lorry was also unloading goods, though I didn't see to which shop. I have photos and vehicle registration numbers, should the council wish to pursue this, which they are obliged to do.
Penny

23 January 2016

Wow, £130 (reduced to £65 if paid quick). This is REALLY going to teach them a lesson! Pathetic...
Dmitriy

23 January 2016

DON'T BELIEVE A WORD COOK SAYS.HE HAS IMPOSED FORMULA E ON BATTERSEA PARK AGAINST THE EXPRESS WISHES OF THE MAJORITY OF RESIDENTS WHO DO NOT WANT IT. THE AIR QUALITY IN THE PARK IS SEVERELY DEGRADED FOR WEEKS WITH THE 100S OF JUGGERNAUTS GOING IN AND OUT OF THE PARK FOR THIS WRETCHED EVENT. THAT IS COUNCILLOR COOK FOR YOU. WE WILL VOTE HIM OUT NEXT TIME!!
John Metfield

23 January 2016

Looks as if there should have been one more nought added to that fine. Have the same problems in Lombard Road, Battersea with lorries for Travis Perkins, Jewsons and Barratt construction parked on double yellows and in a lay-bye meant for the hotel and offices. Would be happy if something could be done about the car which parks in front of a betting office opposite Wandsworth Town Hall on Sundays when there are no parking restrictions - causes problems for the buses and reduces the road to 3 lanes when we could have 4 for all users.
Liz

22 January 2016

Tesco has flouted parking restrictions regularly as do Sainsbury. On Replingham Road and Wimbledon Park Road both companies lorries do as they please. Furthermore,why do Sainsburys use plain white lorries re deliveries on WP Rd. Supermarkets have more than one delivery a day too. With Marks & Spencer arriving imminently and the expansion of Sainsbury the area will be gridlocked, air quality will suffer in an area with a large number of young families.
S Patel

22 January 2016

Tesco has flouted parking restrictions regularly as do Sainsbury. On Replingham Road and Wimbledon Park Road both companies lorries do as they please. Furthermore,why do Sainsburys use plain white lorries re deliveries on WP Rd. Supermarkets have more than one delivery a day too. With Marks & Spencer arriving imminently and the expansion of Sainsbury the area will be gridlocked, air quality will suffer in an area with a large number of young families.
S Patel

22 January 2016

Yes, Jake - at £65 Tesco won't be be quaking in their corporate boots. The lorries that deliver to the small Tesco store in Wandsworth High Street have, ever since it opened, regularly stopped outside it after 4 pm (when the loading restriction begins), and thereby often cause significant problems with the rush-hour traffic. They get tickets, but they don't care. I don't think there's any way the legal fines can arbitrarily increased, alas. HOWEVER...since Tesco brazenly and persistently continue to flout the law and local needs, I'd have thought the Council and others in London have a de facto strong reason to refuse planning permission when Tesco applies to open a new store. But planning committees seldom use logic like that.
Osmund Bullock

22 January 2016

Can the council confirm these lorries are at least given parking tickets? A
alan pell

22 January 2016

Living in he centre of Earlsfield I am aware that Tesco are opening a 3rd store on Garrett Lane in the near future situated between the 2 busiest traffic signals on the whole of Garrett Lane. Can I suggest fines are more than £130 if like in Putney they cause long disruption in peak hours, and if that is £130 reduced to £65 paid within a fortnight the company will just work it into their budgets! Like many parents we walk along Garrett Lane everymorning with our children and we already have lorries unloading on both sides of the road ( Magdalen Road) to service a Sainsburys local and a pub opposite, and at times dread the fumes. Hike the fine ! I say
Jake Rodrigues

22 January 2016

Given Cllr Sutters is so supportive of Formula E, perhaps we could move the whole charabanc to Fulham Palace Park to emphasise the importance of air quality given Tesco aren't getting it?
Paul Battersea

22 January 2016