UPDATE: Large container placed near A4 'without council's knowledge'


Update 11:11am, Wednesday, December 8:

The large container which appeared in Westmorland Road without the knowledge of the council has now been removed.

The 32ft unit – belonging to container hire company Mobile Mini – had been sitting on the highway since the weekend, near to the junction with the A4.

The Royal Borough has since confirmed that the unit was removed on Tuesday after being placed there ‘without permission’.

A spokesman added: “We identified the owner swiftly and asked them to remove as a matter of urgency, which they did.”

Mobile Mini has apologised for the inconvenience, with the matter remaining under ‘internal review’.

Branch manager for the firm’s Aylesbury branch, Jas Maan, said: “Our understanding at the time of delivery was that all necessary location permits were in place, but following concerns raised by the public, we immediately made contact with our customer to rectify the situation.

“We can confirm that our driver has since returned to the location and removed the unit.

“We trust this prompt action has removed any potential concerns and apologise for any inconvenience.

“This matter remains under internal review and once that investigation is complete, we will act accordingly to ensure a similar situation does not occur again.”

A large container has appeared in a Maidenhead road - much to the bemusement of the Royal Borough council. 

The hefty unit has reportedly been sitting in Westmorland Road since the weekend, near to the junction with the busy A4 Bath Road.

Ward councillor Gurpreet Bhangra (Con, Boyn Hill) added via social media that the container should have been delivered to Kent rather than Maidenhead. 

The Tory councillor also raised health and safety concerns with regards to the location of the container in close proximity to the A4.

He added that the container has been placed in the road without the knowledge of the local authority. 

"We have been alerted to a suspicious large container that has been dangerously placed on Westmorland Road near the junction of Bath Road," Cllr Bhangra said on Facebook

"Cllr Stuart Carroll [fellow ward councillor] and I have been in regular contact with senior RBWM highways officers to safely secure the area, which we are glad to report has been carried out.

"Secondly, to find out why the container has been placed there without the knowledge of the council."

He added: "We have been informed it seems the container has been delivered to the wrong address and was meant for an address in Kent. 

"We will continue to follow up with our highways team to ensure the owners are held to account and swiftly remove the container as soon as possible. 

"Thank you to those residents who brought this to our attention."

The Royal Borough has been contacted for more information. 

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