Shopkeepers say their businesses face constant chaos after lorries began blocking a road.

Companies in Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, say the road they operate from is constantly blocked after lorries loading cars, carpets and furniture began parking on a verge.

They say that deliveries face continuous problems accessing the loading bays for each business because of the blockages, while many staff members are having to park elsewhere because they find there is no room left for them along the road.

Eva Pagano, of Olson Electronics, said: “It is a very tight road as it is, so when the lorries park on the verge, which is slightly raised, they are too wide to fit and they end up leaning over into the main part of the service road.

“Then no one can get through at all and the cars end up backing up further and further down the road waiting to pass, no one can get into the entrance near our base and it’s a nightmare.

“It’s constant. They are there at least four days a week, parking up and staying in that spot for several days, and can come back once or twice in a week.

“Staff are regularly stuck for parking and are late to work, and this has been going on for such a long time now.”

Owners claim that the lorries, which are not affiliated to any of the businesses along the service road, often park on the verge overlapping the edge of the entrance point to the side road.

She added: “The road is quite dangerous which is why we have speed cameras, but if someone comes speeding down the road and tries to turn into our entrance, while that lorry is there, there will be a huge problem.

“You can’t just slow down to a complete stop on the road, but you equally don’t want to end up in the back of a huge lorry.”

Several businesses have met police officers to highlight the problems, but have been told their best course of action is to speak to Harrow council.

A Harrow Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the concerns  that have been raised by businesses on this stretch of road.

"We will review our enforcement activities and work closely with businesses, the police and other agencies to address these  concerns.”