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Meadowhall worker slams shopping centre for banning staff from car park


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A Meadowhall worker has slammed the shopping centre for not allowing employees to park in its car park.

Claire Bardon claimed workers faced a 10-minute walk back to their cars at night over main roads, past bushes and ‘over a bridge with dark water’.

She said despite their being ‘ample free parking spaces’, workers get parking tickets if they use Meadowhall’s customer car parks.

Claire’s Facebook post raised concerns about women’s safety following the tragic death of Sarah Everard and saw other workers agreeing with her.

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Claire wrote: “So, there’s lots on social media today about female safety, for obvious, devastating reasons.

“I work in Meadowhall. A shopping centre with ample free parking spaces, none of which staff are allowed to use.

“We have to park a 5-10 minute walk away. Over main roads without crossings, over a bridge over dark water, past numerous bushes, to get to the staff car park.

(Image: Claire Bardon)

“These are a few photos taken on my way out of work at 8.45pm. In the run up to Christmas, staff work until 11pm, having to do this walk late at night.

“I don’t think anyone should have to walk to this car park at night, male or female. There is ample parking straight outside the shopping centre that staff should be able to use too.

“We get parking tickets and threatened with court action if we do park in the customer car parks, even though we always spend money there!

“I think things need to change here.”

The post was shared more than 1,000 times.

One person commented: “I work in Meadowhall and I’m strongly relating with your post.”

Another one added: “My wife works there at 4 am and parks in staff car park. Can’t put shuttle bus on for one person. Also, can’t park in normal car park as Meadowhall knows staff car registrations.“

Claire claims that the employees can't park closer to the shops.
Claire claims that the employees can’t park closer to the shops.
(Image: Claire Bardon)

A third comment said: “I used to work at Argos and even late-night sat in the bus station was unsettling enough, waiting for buses that were one an hour.

“It was horrible, and I’d hate to be walking over these areas after dark. They should provide at least a few parking spaces for those who are working and have to be in before sunrise or work late and leave after sunset.

“Profit is the only thing on their minds though not the safety of staff.”

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Meadhowhall’s response

Yorkshire Live put the safety concerns to Meadowhall, and a spokesperson said they had reached out to Claire to arrange a discussion with their Customer Experience Director.

The Meadowhall team will also be consulting with its retail partners to see what improvements can be made ahead of the full reopening when lockdown restrictions ease.

However, the centre said the images shared on Facebook did not show the ‘recommended footpath’ for workers leading to the staff car park.

A spokesperson said: “The Meadowhall team doesn’t recognise any of the images shared through the social post to be the recommended footpath for travel to and from the staff car park.

“We take on board all feedback from our customers and colleagues, and their safety and wellbeing is our number one priority.

“We want everyone to feel safe making their way to and from our centre and encourage anyone using our staff car park to use the dedicated footpath which is fully lit and monitored with CCTV 24 hours a day.

“The car park already has dedicated security marshals, and we will be increasing this provision to provide further comfort to our colleagues in the coming weeks.

“We also work closely with our onsite community policing team to ensure the safety of everyone visiting and working in our centre.”

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