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“We warned you” – Tesco buyer’s two-year fireplace hazard feud with chain continues after allegedly discovering shed ablaze

A TESCO buyer’s two-year feud with the grocery store chain over “fireplace hazard” garbage outdoors their retailer has continues after he allegedly discovered their storage shed ablaze.

Mark Ward claims that he has been contacting Tesco for over two years relating to packaging and garbage left on the pavement outdoors their Specific retailer in Thamesmead, South East London.

Pictured: Mark Ward. (C) Fb

The charity volunteer defined that upon first transferring in close by at the moment, a picket shed had allegedly been set alight.

Since then, Mark claims that he has constantly alerted the department supervisor to the unsightliness and fireplace hazards posed by the garbage – which he says has all fallen on deaf ears.

Nevertheless, the state of affairs got here to a head when Mark allegedly drove previous the shop this month to seek out {that a} storage shed had but once more gone up in flames.

Mark claims he has contacted the department supervisor as not too long ago as April and was informed that the state of affairs could be resolved however has seen nothing occur but.

He provides that the hazards posed by the blaze might have an effect on the residents residing above the department in addition to the encircling wildlife, and is pleading with the shop to take motion earlier than additional chaos ensues,

He continued, including that regardless of contacting the department supervisor as not too long ago as April and being informed the state of affairs could be resolved, nothing has been accomplished but.

A number of photos present the facet of the Tesco department suffering from metallic cages, cardboard and plastic bins post-fire.

Workers will be seen assessing the state of affairs outdoors as charred garbage will be seen scattered on the bottom.

One man seems to be carrying a Hello-Vis vest and appears to be on the telephone to somebody whereas surveying the stunning aftermath.

An additional picture reveals the shed after fireplace has ripped via it, with the rear of the metallic construction having been burnt away, exposing the within.

Remnants of the shed lie beside a sweeping brush because the beforehand shelved objects are incinerated by the fireplace.

Black and yellow striped tape cordons off the world whereas unaffected close by homes overlook the injury.

Mark took to social media earlier this month to share his disgust, writing: “So for 2 years plus, I’ve been calling and emailing Tesco about leaving their garbage on the pavement outdoors their store right here.

“Not solely does it look a bleeding mess however as I defined, it’s a fireplace hazard as as soon as earlier than, after we first moved right here, somebody set fireplace to the then-wooden storage shed outdoors.

“No less than 5 occasions, I’ve been promised a name again from the world supervisor. Not as soon as have they referred to as again and nothing was accomplished.

“I referred to as once more about 4 months in the past and at last one of many retailer managers lastly referred to as me again and stated [to] give him three weeks and he’ll kind it.

“He was going to return again to me when it was sorted. Effectively, [it] by no means was and [he] by no means ever got here again to me.

The aftermath.
Mark claims to have knowledgeable the grocery store chain of the alleged fireplace hazard for years. (C) Mark Ward.

“So, at this time I’m driving out and guess what? Yep, its caught gentle [sic]. You possibly can see all of the cages that have been saved outdoors.

“We warned you, all it wanted was a discarded cigarette or a bit of glass and the solar and at this time it occurred for the second time.

“I ought to add – simply above the store there are folks’s flats, and simply behind the place the wall is within the background with the sat dishes, is our pretty canal space with all types of wildlife from swans to geese, birds and all method.

“Not solely was this one of many causes we didn’t need these items outdoors because it retains blowing in every single place and is clearly a hazard to wildlife however now so is all that ash and burned stays which is now simply left in conjunction with the shop able to blow round.

“I’ve referred to as but once more however nonetheless no one will communicate to me. Actually, Tesco, is that this the face of a caring enterprise?

“So, when will this all be cleaned up – taking into consideration the wildlife and can you now agree to not depart all of your garbage outdoors on the pavement? Albeit, a bit late now.”

The put up obtained dozens of likes and feedback as shocked locals shared their ideas on the put up.

Marie Cheras wrote: “OMG!”

Whereas Minutes Parsons stated: “So, in two years have you ever contacted environmental well being or the LA?”

Sandie Reed commented: “Why not ring Environmental Well being.”

Mark added within the feedback: “[They’ve] nonetheless not even bothered to get again to me or clear up this mess.

“The wonderful factor is no one thought it somewhat – let’s assume – foolish to cordon it off with cages stuffed with cardboard, paper and plastic. The precise factor that precipitated the issue.

“I understand how harmful this might have been to the folks residing above.”

Talking at this time, Mark stated: “Our native Tesco retailer maintain placing all their garbage, cages, something principally – together with issues like outdated Nationwide Lottery stands from contained in the store – out on the facet on the pavement/bike path.

“The massive cages are sometimes stuffed with cardboard and plastic, by no means coated even within the winter after we can have 30mph winds blowing a gale.

“There’s additionally the security facet of this, as I used to be a part of the residents group for a variety of years and in conjunction with Tesco simply subsequent to the place they put all these items is a big shed-like constructing.

The damage being assessed.
Pictured: The injury being assessed. (C) Mark Ward.

“Again then, it burned to the bottom. On the time, arson was suspected and it was rebuilt with a metallic outer to hopefully make it safer.

“Clearly having a load of stacks of flammable cardboard and plastic saved outdoors like that – given the previous and simply the truth that anybody entering into to the shop, strolling alongside the facet, smoking and realizing they should do away with it, throw it away, it finally ends up inside one of many cages and growth we’ve got a fireplace.

“I also needs to add there are flats proper above the Tesco retailer which makes it much more of a problem.

“We simply don’t need the place trying like a dump. We have now a beautiful space to stay with the canals, inexperienced areas, the Thames.

“There usually are not many inexpensive locations in London the place you’ll be able to have geese or swans strolling alongside your avenue or simply go throughout the highway and have a beautiful canal after which then you definitely flip round to that lot.

“I began over two years in the past calling Tesco and asking them to cease this. Each time, you simply get informed an space supervisor will look in to it or they’ll e-mail the shop – no one ever actually appeared to take it severely.

“I stepped up my calls this 12 months and about 4 months in the past acquired a name from somebody who stated they have been the shop supervisor and promising to kind this inside three weeks and get again to me.

“They by no means did and cardboard continued to be stacked outdoors.

“Then two weeks in the past on the Friday, I used to be leaving and drove previous a cordoned-off facet to Tesco, so being nosey I went again for a glance solely to seek out that precisely what I had warned them about had occurred and certainly there had been a fireplace in conjunction with the shop in these cages.

“There was a complete mess of ash on the ground and somebody determined it was an amazing concept to cordon off the world with the cages stuffed with cardboard.

“You possibly can see how far up the warmth/fireplace went as a result of the alarm field had melted and the wall above the door on the facet reveals indicators of warmth/fireplace injury which is barely ten ft from the flats above.

“It then took almost 4 days to get them to truly get all of the ash eliminated, once more it is a hazard to the wildlife and we had sturdy winds that weekend which means it was simply blowing in every single place to not point out trying a complete mess.

And now to high all of it off, regardless of a number of emails to Ken Murphy – the Tesco CEO’s – workplace and chatting with the shop supervisor, they’re nonetheless storing these items outdoors.

“It’s completely unbelievable and reveals a complete lack of any social accountability from Tesco, I’ve referred to as, emailed and nonetheless all you get even kind the CEO’s workplace is they’ll solely e-mail the shop, the precise one who runs Tesco apparently can’t do something about this.”

A Tesco spokesperson at this time stated: “These photos taken from Fb are old-fashioned.

“They have been taken the morning after vandals broken the exterior storage shed outdoors our Thamesmead Specific earlier this month and the world was cleared as quickly as attainable after the incident.

“The apparent fireplace injury within the pictures was instantly cleared up by retailer colleagues.”