Residents of the Old Monkland and Kirkwood community in Coatbridge are opposed to the relocation of the Post Office to the Nisa premises at 88 Woodside Street due to serious road hazards and safety issues which would arise if the post office is approved. The petitioners demand the local council and the Post Office to review and establish an alternative suitable location for the Post Office.
Residents of the Old Monkland and Kirkwood community in Coatbridge are opposed to the relocation of the Post Office to the Nisa premises at 88 Woodside Street due to serious road hazards and safety issues which would arise if the post office is approved. The petitioners demand the local council and the Post Office to review and establish an alternative suitable location for the Post Office.-------------------------------------------------------------
Below is a compilation of inputs and opinions from some local residents and is for the attention of the Woodside Street, Kirkwood and Old Monkland residents with regards to the proposed new location for the Post Office, this being the Nisa store at 88 Woodside Street.
Although at first thought this may have appeared to be a suitable and convenient location for some there has now been a number of issues highlighted which strongly prove otherwise, these include;
Severely Increased road hazards and dangers to both pedestrians and road users due to increased vehicular and pedestrian traffic and insufficient loading bays (especially for HGV’s) and parking facilities.
The Woodside street roadway is not wide enough for customer on street parking and the present through traffic. (residents and customers shouldn’t have to be forced to park on the footpaths to improve the flow of traffic which in turn presents unnecessary hazards to pedestrians and also risks being given a parking fine as parking on public footpaths could be deemed an offence depending on the circumstances.)Heightened chance of residents being blocked in their driveways by parked cars.Increased air and noise pollution from idling cars 24 hours 7 days a week also due to the 24 hour ATM cash machine service.Some residents have also reported incidents of antisocial behaviour and this could also be expected to increase with a substantial increase in customer and vehicular traffic.
Our neighbourhoods appear to have become overrun and bombarded with shops, there is a Tesco express less than 100 meters away from the Nisa premises and another shopping precinct with multiple shops across the road from Tesco express, how many shops do we actually need in the one street. With regards to planning permission and authorisation over the years it appears that there has been very little consideration for the neighbourhood, surrounding residents and public safety.
These large scale shops “mini supermarkets” are cropping up in neighbourhoods everywhere and although to the convenience of some they are to the detriment of many within the neighbourhood they are located.
There are some serious doubt as to whether these establishments are taking the proper and legal routes to opening such establishments as they appear to pop up without proper public research consultation and risk assessments. The residents of these neighbourhoods are being caught up in the world of Corporate Businesses and the profit fuelled competition between them. These businesses don't care about the chaos they are causing outwith their premises, all they care about is attracting as many customers as possible and the profit that comes with it.
Town centres and main streets which are purpose built for these types of businesses are there for a reason, we are currently looking into policies and legislation that may apply to protect neighbourhoods from this type of Corporate infiltration and expansion for their own gain with total disregard for the people in the community neighbourhoods around them and the depravation caused.
Many residents feel that the relevant governing bodies are not protecting the communities the way that they should, the peaceful places that once were are rapidly being lost.