"Numerous" accidents at Asda car park

First published in Letters

I read with interest your report headlined "Battle over exit at Asda" in which Mr Ashman was asking for some compensation from Asda when his wife "scraped" their car on the barrier in Asda car park.

Unfortunately, I did exactly the same thing last November and spoke to both Asda Halesowen and their head office asking them to do something about the barrier (I also have a vehicle with a large turning circle) before other accidents happen. They refused to accept there was any problem stating that there thousands who use the car park and there were a only a small number of accidents had been reported adding that if there was a problem with the barrier then the Asda staff who use the car park would have said "something" about it before now. At first I spoke to the council car parking office when I had my accident thinking it was their responsibilty but they advised it was Asda's responsiblity and commented that numerous people had "clipped" the barrier.

Technically the accident was my fault and I 've had to pay money to have two doors repaired.

How many other users of the car park have had a problem? By looking at the barrier there appear to be a different coloured paint every time I use the car park Asda please do something! I appreciate there has to be some deterent to slow traffic coming down from the car park but the "bulge" is not the answer.

Edwin Metcalf Halesowen

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2:01pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Wiggyboom1981+1 says...

I have I use that car park every day. I've never once scraped my car at the bulge. I take my time and it's fine. I've seen people drive "tanks" slowly and carefully coming out of the car park there with no problems either. I very much doubt you scraped your car there on your first visit which would indicate you can get up and down that carpark with no issues. This like a lot of things is down to human error. As you say technically it's your fault. There are kerbs all over the UK if you trip on one that is visible and where it should be you don't go running to the council complaining over something that is your fault do you? This is all about being more careful on your approach. And if you know you might struggle in a large vehicle find somewhere else to park. there is another multistory carpark not 60 seconds from the Asda car park.
I have I use that car park every day. I've never once scraped my car at the bulge. I take my time and it's fine. I've seen people drive "tanks" slowly and carefully coming out of the car park there with no problems either. I very much doubt you scraped your car there on your first visit which would indicate you can get up and down that carpark with no issues. This like a lot of things is down to human error. As you say technically it's your fault. There are kerbs all over the UK if you trip on one that is visible and where it should be you don't go running to the council complaining over something that is your fault do you? This is all about being more careful on your approach. And if you know you might struggle in a large vehicle find somewhere else to park. there is another multistory carpark not 60 seconds from the Asda car park. Wiggyboom1981+1
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2:58pm Wed 17 Oct 12

exclnt says...

Couldn't have put it better myself, all to often people will not take the blame for their own carelessness!
Couldn't have put it better myself, all to often people will not take the blame for their own carelessness! exclnt
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