Su­per­mar­ket urged to im­prove chaotic Fort Wil­liam car park

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A RE­TIRED Fort Wil­liam po­lice­man has called on su­per­mar­ket Mor­risons to ‘get its act to­gether’ and im­prove its car park for cus­tomers.

Davie Kerr from Onich said he has been ask­ing the re­tailer to sort its car park for years. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, the 72-year- old said: ‘I’ve writ­ten them sev­eral po­lite let­ters sug­gest­ing what I think should be done to im­prove it, but I keep get­ting fobbed off with wishy-washy ex­cuses. They need to do some­thing as I think it’s get­ting be­yond a joke.’

The car park, used reg­u­larly by peo­ple liv­ing across Lochaber, can be par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate dur­ing the height of the sea­son, with camper vans and mo­tor­bikes of­ten tak­ing up more than one space, said Mr Kerr.

Mr Kerr has made a num­ber of sug­ges­tions to Mor­risons: ‘Make the ring road round the car park one way clock­wise and sign­post it ac­cord­ingly. There are so many peo­ple who try and exit the car park the wrong way, it could cause an ac­ci­dent.’

He also said the area out­side the cafe should be marked off for mo­tor­cy­clists who fre­quently park in car park­ing bays, and des­ig­nated spa­ces for cam­per­vans should be at the rear of the site, adding: ‘They should mark out some big­ger bays over by the re­cy­cling bins for big­ger ve­hi­cles, such as cam­per­vans. It might also be ap­pro­pri­ate to mark them in a dif­fer­ent, con­spic­u­ous colour. I al­ways see bikes tak­ing up one or more bays while their own­ers are shop­ping or at the cafe.’

A vol­un­teer driver for Care Lochaber Com­mu­nity Car Scheme, which helps peo­ple who have dif­fi­culty ac­cess­ing pub­lic trans­port through ill health, iso­la­tion and mo­bil­ity prob­lems, Mr Kerr of­ten has to drop peo­ple off a dis­tance away from the su­per­mar­ket en­trance be­cause peo­ple are park­ing their cars in the des­ig­nated drop- off point.

He said: ‘They should yellow paint to mark the area be­side the cash ma­chine some­thing like ‘drop- off’ or ‘im­me­di­ate pick-up only, no park­ing’ and em­ploy some­one to en­force it.

‘My wife moved up here from Lin­colnshire, where her lo­cal Mor­risons re­sorted to clamping per­sis­tent of­fend­ers. It wasn’t pretty or pop­u­lar, but it worked.

‘It’s not fair to peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues who need dropped off out­side the door. Plus taxis al­ways have to dou­ble park to let peo­ple out caus­ing more chaos.

‘I just want a sen­si­ble rea­son as to why Mor­risons can’t con­sider some changes to the car park to im­prove it. I feel like I am be­ing ig­nored. Some­thing needs to be done.’

A Mor­risons spokesman told the Lochaber Times: ‘ We en­cour­age cus­tomers to let the store team know when the car park isn’t be­ing used cor­rectly. The store man­ager con­tin­ues to thank Davie for his feed­back and all of his points are be­ing con­sid­ered by the head of­fice team for the fu­ture.’

They should mark out some big­ger bays ” Davie Kerr

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Davie Kerr in the car park of the Fort Wil­liam su­per­mar­ket.

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