Supermarket urged to improve chaotic Fort William car park
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
Davie Kerr in the car park of the Fort William supermarket.