Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen brings some peace to Haring

Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen outside Harington Road Spar where the new notice calls on customers to make sure that they turn off their car engines when visiting the shop.



Residents around a Formby Spar shop are getting a little peace from eight 'til late - thanks to Labour's Cllr Nina Killen.

Cllr Killen received a number of calls from concerned locals complaining that some customers at the convenience store were parking on yellow lines and leaving their car engines running when they went in to make their purchases.

Buses were also causing a nuisance when their drivers left engines running while sat at the bus stop outside the shops.

It was a particular problem in the mornings and at lunchtime with bus drivers waiting for their shifts to start and customers buying sandwiches and then sitting in their cars with their engines running to eat them.

Some locals complained the problem persisted into the evening and that they were being awoken by the noise.

After speaking to Spar's area manager for the North West, Cllr Killen got agreement for a notice to be placed in the window calling on customers to switch their car engines off and to also park in the allocated spaces.

Cllr Killen also spoke to Ace Travel, who agreed to ask their drivers to turn off their engines if waiting at the bus stop.

Since then, Cllr Killen has been told by nearby residents that the problem has decreased.

Cllr Killen said: "I was contacted by a number of local residents who were saying that they were being disturbed in their own homes by car engines left running and by people parking inappropriately, and they were worried that cars and vans were causing an obstruction for passing vehicles and buses. Residents feared there would be an accident. 

"Some were even saying they were being woken by the noise early in the morning.

"I am sure most customers would have no idea how their actions were impacting on local residents and felt they would stop if they realised. I thought perhaps they just needed a little reminder that they were in a residential area, so  I contacted the Spar store manager to explain the issue to him. He immediately agreed to place a notice in the window to see if that would help.

"Since the notice was put up, residents I have spoken to say the problem has reduced. Although each individual visitor wasn't causing a massive nuisance, the cumulative effect for nearby residents was that it was causing them misery.

"There will obviously still be some people who either don't see the notice or who will ignore it. But already, the residents say there has been a significant improvement.

"It was really just about raising awareness."

Cllr Killen thanked the area manager for taking swift action after the concerns were raised.

Cllr Killen said: "The store manager reacted promptly and responsibly when I raised the residents' concerns with him. He immediately agreed to place the notice in his window.

"I'd like to thank Spar for their assistance and let local residents know that I will continue to monitor the area and make sure that the problem does not increase again.

"In the meantime, if anyone has any concerns, they can raise it with me my"



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