Work to repair muddy verges outside Grantham Tesco Express is ruined in one day

The repaired verges outside Tesco Express in Keats Avenue, Grantham, have been ruined again.
The repaired verges outside Tesco Express in Keats Avenue, Grantham, have been ruined again.

Work to repair and make safe verges outside a Tesco Express store was ruined in a day when a delivery lorry drove over them.

Damage to the verges in Keats Avenue began when the store opened in 2012, as lorries making deliveries to the store have driven over them and customers have parked on them instead of using the car park, leaving a muddy mess and breaking kerb stones.

The newly-laid top soil on the verges outside Tesco Express in Keats Avenue, Grantham.

The newly-laid top soil on the verges outside Tesco Express in Keats Avenue, Grantham.

At the beginning of this week, fresh top soil was put down and kerb stones repaired by Lincolnshire County Council, but in the same day one was driven over by a lorry.

The county council is now preparing court proceedings against Tesco relating to damage caused to the highway in the area.

Mark Heaton, area highways manager, said: “There have been ongoing issues with customers and delivery lorries causing damage to the verge outside Tesco Express on Keats Avenue. We had recently undertaken some work putting down new top soil and repaired kerb stones to make the area safe. Unfortunately, a lorry has subsequently driven over the newly- repaired verge causing further damage. We will now undertake a further inspection to review the 
damage caused and what action we may need to undertake.

“We are currently in the process of preparing court proceedings in regard to damages to the highway in the 
vicinity of this Tesco Express.”

Couny councillor Linda Wootten added: “I’m disgusted at the total disregard for the residents who live on Keats Avenue that within one day of the verges being temporarily topped up and the kerbs made safe, that delivery lorries and customers alike have driven over or parked on the freshly laid verges, starting to make the area look a mess again.

“I came up with a plan to solve some of the parking problems and it’s about time Tesco faced up to their responsibilities as this situation needs to be resolved as soon as possible.”

A Tesco spokesman told the Journal: “We’re aware of concerns about the verges and are keen to prevent further damage to them. We’re committed to working constructively with the council to find a permanent solution.”

A Keats Avenue resident and former district councillor has called on Tesco to compensate residents who have had to put up with the muddy verges for several years. Bruce Wells said: “I feel so sorry for the residents living there. They have had to put up with a lot.

“Ultimately, Tesco have to stop their drivers cutting the corners. Residents and customers do not want to be putting up with a mud bath every day.”