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Residents demand clearer signs at Hornchurch Lidl junction after 700 drivers fined in less than a month

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 27 June 2018

The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.

The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.

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"End of the day if their are signs their showing no right turn and drivers are turning right because they can't be bothered to read the signs and obey them they deserve everything they get."

The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.

Residents have been left outraged and have called for clearer signs at a Hornchurch junction after it was revealed that 700 drivers have been fined for disobeying a no right turn rule.

An enforcement camera was installed outside of the Lidl store in High Street in March, and between Monday, May 21, and Monday June 18, 701 drivers were given Parking Charge Notices (PCN) by the council.

Drivers have been given an initial letter fining them £130, however is this is paid with two weeks the fine is reduced to £65.

Those who have been fined include Jenny Baker, who said: “I have been turning right into Lidl since it opened, without realising the restrictions on turning right, and not once did I receive a warning before I was fined last week!

The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.

“I’ve never had any points on my licence or even had a parking ticket in my 18 years of driving until last week and I think it is disgraceful the council have said they have been warning people, where was my warning?”

Loretta Jane Thompson was also fined and said: “I got done last week and paid this weekend! The problem is how do you get in from Upminster end? U turn on a main road? Turn on a off road....it’s not well thought out!

“I accepted my fine but it’s not a great idea.”

Norman Thompson took to Facebook and said: “From what I remember there was no camera when the bingo was there, seems like a nice little earner set up by the council.

The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.The no right turn sign at Lidl in Hornchurch.

“Poorly thought out, they obviously only realised the traffic it will cause after they agreed to let them build it.

“Needs an entrance from the back. People are being a little hard on saying they are ignoring the signs it’s a bit harsh there are only two signs from what I saw and you really would think to be looking for a no right turn sign into a supermarket on a high street.

“But Lidl could help out by putting a huge banner up under the camera, big as clear as the day saying no right turn instead of a little one put up by council. “I’ve stopped two people turning in from the right in the last week alone.

“I think It’s really not fair, I’m all for fining for dangerous or blatant rule breaking but these are simply a mistake by many.”

Jim Rollinson said that drivers should have been paying more attention to the signs and said: “So that enormous wording in the road that says ‘ahead only’ isn’t big enough for them to see? Maybe they shouldn’t be driving.

“If that’s where the old Mecca was, how else are they supposed to get into it. I haven’t been past it since it was built.”

Chris Baxter also felt the same and said: “End of the day if there are signs there showing no right turn and drivers are turning right because they can’t be bothered to read the signs and obey them they deserve everything they get.”

Iain James Wilks said that he thinks any new traffic scheme should have a “cooling off period” and said: “Outrageous. The whole concept of the high street shared space is a joke.

“Any new traffic scheme should have a period of warning letters before actual fines are imposed.”

If every fine that was handed out wasn’t paid within 14 days it would amount to £91,130 - however if every fine handed out was paid within two weeks of it being received it adds up to £45,565.

Between the 29 days that the Recorder has information for, overall 701 fines were issued, which is roughly 24 fines a day, which is on average one an hour - this does not take into account the fact that the store is not open 24 hours a day.

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