D&M Vans removes itself from Brockley

D&M Vans, whose vehicles could regularly be found strewn around the streets of Brockley, has vacated its offices in Brockley Cross, relocating the business to another part of South East London.
Spot the difference: Coulgate Street before D&M's departure (above) and after (below)
The site of their office on a busy intersection was never suitable for a van hire company, leaving them reliant on nearby residential roads and a Brockley Cross parking bay intended for customers of other local businesses to stow their large fleet of vans. The redevelopment of Brockley Cross, planned for later this year, would have rendered the location untenable, by making parking large vans even more difficult. Competition from local rival ACE and increased vigilance from Lewisham Council parking enforcement made life trickier too.

Often illegally parked, their vans could be found clogging up roads from Coulgate Street to Myatt Garden Primary School. Hopefully, their relocation has enabled them to find a less problematic base of operations.

30 comments:

Mr Breakspears said...

HUZZAH

Anonymous said...

Great. Now all we need to do is get the Lanterna eyesore resolved and the junk shop on Cranfield Road. Sometimes I want to give up on this area but little victories like this keep me going.

Anonymous said...

good news

Anonymous said...

Santa does exist!

Anonymous said...

But Ace Van Hire has now started to occupy the spaces outside the station previously filled by D&M.

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Mb said...

ACE do occasionally park in the road (over crimbo overspill?). I'm fairly relaxed about a bit of adhoc parking, they have a proper location and the onstreet stuff is minimal.

Also I think I saw some work going on in the short lived money transfer shop?

Ian on the Hill said...

Happy to get the parking back. Lately I've found myself driving all around the surrounding streets to access the shops on the cross.

BTW, I don't agree about the junk shop, it adds a bit of bohemian character I think. I'd hate it if Brockley became totally anodyne, it would completely ruin its appeal.

Hardlianotion said...

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

A business moving out of the area, and people are gloating. Yes, happy new year. See how many more businesses we can push out of the area in 2012.

Wendy said...

Tell me: what did it contribute to the area? How much did it take from us? It's not closed, it moved. God bless its new neighbours.

Tim said...

It was a business model that didn't deserve to survive. parking your commercial fleet in residential streets is inconsiderate and selfish, and they frequently broke parking regulations. Good Riddance.

Tamsin said...

@ Anon Not only did they not contribute, it seems - judging by a wide range of posts on this blog over the years - that they actually had a detrimental effect on the area. And no attempt, when asked to do so, to ameliorate the nuisance they were responsible for or even apologise.

It's also questionable whether they have been "pushed out" - just a move due to changing circumstances.

Student Grant said...

I will have no truck with such people!

Anon 16.12 said...

Nick,

What was up with the post about the condition of one of the vans? Not complaining, just interested as I would not have posted if I knew it was unsuitable.

NAT said...

Anon 16:12 What you said might well be true. It doesn't stop it possibly being...(can't you guess?)

Anonymous said...

ANd they got rid of that woman with the pram blocking the pavement...result.

Nick said...

w00t! Good riddance. And bring in the brOckley cross redevelopment. 2012 is the year brockers turns the corner!

bumbags said...

YES!!!! Was SO fed up with them taking up all the parking space on my road and clogging up the Cross. Wish them all the best in their new area (and hope it has proper parking for them!).

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the new zebra crossing, 2012 is gonna be one exciting year for Brockley...

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon1642 - your claim wouldn't surprise me in the least, but it's an unprovable claim from an anonymous source and thus isn't allowed. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

YESSSS

Anonymous said...

Bring the junk shop back!

TheOracle said...

Interestingly the 'active' date of incorporation of this company was 08/06/2011.

It will be interesting to see if it every files accounts.

I do hope though that Ace Van Hire doesn't seek to take advantage by occupying the spaces previously taken by the above ASBO company - even over the holidays; which is just as bad if not worse.

Anonymous said...

ACE will leave soon as well...

I heart cupcakes said...

In New Cross we have problems with Ace. They park up on Avonley Road and their drivers seem to think they are allowed to empty their ashtray/KFC boxes etc onto the road. They also do a lot of van repairs on the road and leave oil spills and bits of old van on the side of the road. I saw a man repairing one of the vans leaving an old exhaust leaning against a tree and asked him was he intending to leave it there - I cannot print his response here. Not a good business for the area.

Ian on the Hill said...

Sadly Ace Van Hire, er, vans have been clogging up all the roads ever since. Last night I saw one getting stuck trying to get into Foxberry Road by the Barge and then trying to reverse into the rush hour traffic to get unstuck.

So looks like we are not one iota better off. Pity.

Brockley Nick said...

Ian there are of course still issues, but to say there has been no improvement is not true. I've just been past. There were five vans parked on the street, all on roads adjacent to the MOT centre where most of their vans are stored. Before the departure of d and m! The number would have been more like 15 and they would have been scattered all over our streets, often illegally and dangerously parked.

It has been a big improvement. More improvement may follow.

Anonymous said...

D&M have gone only to be replaced by Ace how many sometimes 6 vans, some parked bumper to bumper. Cant cross the road in safety. yesterday I counted 5 parked on the roads?

Is this legal?

Tyler Jones said...

Nice post!

http://www.shofur.com/tampa-limo/

Brockley Central Label Cloud