Residents voice safety fears over Grangemouth used car lot

An ambulance parked among the used cars at Arnold Clark's Beancross Road premises
An ambulance parked among the used cars at Arnold Clark's Beancross Road premises

Health and safety concerns over a local used car lot’s alleged sideline business have driven residents to complain to the company’s directors.

Householders living near the Arnold Clark garage in Beancross Road, Grangemouth, believe the garage is not only selling used cars, but seems to be repairing vans and mini-buses and dealing with trucks carrying hazardous waste.

Allan Hardie has lived in Stuart Grove, which lies at the rear of the Arnold Clark premises, for 20 years. He said the issues with Arnold Clark began four years ago when he noticed a change in the business.

He said: “What we want to know is, are we safe here? We would have no problems if it was just used cars, but I think they are running a repair service. We asked them what do they run there and they told us used cars, but we have seen vans and even hazardous waste trucks parked in the premises.

“Where does it say they can do that?”

Mr Hardie also claims he tried to sell his house, but could not get any interest due to Stuart Grove and neighbouring streets Primrose Avenue and Thistle Avenue being full of cars associated with the business and, occasionally, massive transporters loading or unloading vehicles.

He said: “Things have improved with the parking issues, I give them credit for that.”

Falkirk Council confirmed the petrol station which had been on the site was removed in 1999 and planning permission was given for used car sales.

Arnold Clark managing director Eddie Hawthorne said: “I believe we are conducting our business at our Beancross Road branch in accordance with planning and all other legislation.

“Neither Falkirk Council nor any other authority has challenged the conduct of the business at this branch.”