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‘HGVs are ruining my life’ says East Bowling man
A Bradford man says his family life is being “ruined” by HGVs using an exit from a BP service station and damaging his property.
David McHugh, 55, lives on Paley Road behind the East Bowling BP site on Wakefield Road and claims his car has been hit by HGVs on three separate occasions.
The latest incident occurred on Friday morning, when a lorry using the Paley Road exit demolished a section of wall and some railings opposite his house.
“I’ve had my car damaged three times, with mirrors knocked off and the back window smashed,” he said. “I’m still trying to see if I can claim for the last time, it’s getting beyond a joke.”
Mr McHugh has a designated disabled parking space outside his house because his wife Janet suffers from spinal problems. The couple objected to the residential exit when it was proposed, but were under the impression it would be access-only and not used by HGVs to return to Wakefield Road.
“I can’t relax in my own home as I jump up every time I hear a lorry,” he said.
“I’m on edge all the time, but people just seem to be turning a blind eye.”
David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said he supported Mr McHugh’s case and would be writing to the Bradford Council’s Highways Department on his behalf to try and find a solution.
Andy Fisher, Bradford Council’s Principal Engineer for Traffic & Highways, said: “There was no planning condition for the petrol station which restricted the use of Paley Road, so there is no designated exit for tankers from the garage directly onto Wakefield Road. The wall has been repaired by the Council several times over recent years and we will now look into alternative solutions."
Mr McHugh claims that at least half a dozen HGVs use the exit every day, including tankers delivering BP fuel to the site.
Sheila Williams, BP Group Press Officer, said: “BP does not own or operate the site, this is done by an independent dealer. We sorry to hear about the inconvenience suffered by Mr McHugh and have asked the site owner to visit him to try and resolve this issue. We have also asked the owner to investigate why HGV drivers are not using the correct route out of the site.”
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