Safety concerns after Wisbech store bans staff from car park

A concerned father has accused a supermarket of putting profit before the safety of its staff after banning them from using its Wisbech store car park.

Bosses at the Aldi store in Sandyland have told employees that they can no longer park in the car park during their shift as customers have to take priority.

But the Wisbech St Mary dad, who did not wish to be identified, said its means young female employees, like his daughter, now face walking in the dark on their own.

He said it is a half-a-mile walk to the nearest car park, in Chapel Road, and goes past several dark alleyways, and an off-licence, where “several men hang around” nearby.

He said: “It means girls as young as 16 now have to walk to their car at the end of their shift.

“The manager told me the employees can walk togetherwhen they leave at 10.30pm after the store closes, but what about those whose shifts finish at 9pm?

“My daughter is also worried about refusing to serve someone alcohol when they’re drunk – and then them waiting for her outside to finish her shift. Normally she would be able to get straight in her car.

“It’s very dangerous and morally wrong.

“I feel Aldi is putting their profits before the safety of their staff.”

An Aldi spokesman said: “To ensure customers can access a parking space at our Wisbech store we have asked employees to park in alternative car parks.

“This is for a trial period and the results will be evaluated before any further decision is made.

“We have encouraged any employees facing difficulties as a result of this trial to speak to their manager.”