Lorries nuisance is driving us crazy
Mess left behind is causing misery for businesses
BUSINESSES in Ashford are fed up with foreign lorry drivers camping out near their premises and making a mess.
Companies based on the new development at Orbital Park, Sevington, say litter, toilet roll and even excrement is being left by lorry drivers who park there overnight instead of using the official truck-stop near Junction 10.
They say there are now problems with rats and that heavy lorries are breaking up the roads.
Charmian Ferrett, co-director of SeeSaw Children’s Clothes based at The Oak Trees Business Park, The Courtyard said: “They put their tables out and bring their beer and food.”
“There’s an area which they’re supposed to use but they have to pay. The facili- ties are there but they are choosing not to use it.
“The whole area is rapidly becoming disgusting with smells, human excrement, loo paper, rubbish and rats.”
Michael Taylor, of Taylor Riley chartered surveyors, said: “It’s a brand new estate we have here and it’s all getting messed up and it’s going to be like a slum.”
Staff at Millhouse vehicle leasing said someone had dumped a piece of concrete pipe across half of the entrance in an attempt to stop the lorries accessing the site.
Paul Burns, of Pro-Elec Ltd, said: “I think it’s affecting all businesses on this estate as they’re coming right into the estate and damaging block paving and draining.”
Kent County Council said as the land is privately owned, there is not much it can do.
But a spokesman for Kent Highways Services suggested the landowners could be advised on taking enforcement action against the lor- ries if they approached the council.
Paul Jackson, head of environmental services at Ashford Borough Council, said: “Two years ago the council increased the frequency of litter picking on the Orbital Park to once a week, ensured double capacity litter bins were installed in every road on the development and last year utilised Keep Kent Clean teams for three months to target specific areas of litter concentration.
“Overnight lorry parking is a growing issue across Kent and beyond, solutions to which are being pursued at a county and national level.
“Many of the roads on this and other business parks have no parking restrictions and enforcement action, where there are restrictions, is very difficult as there is no way of pursuing non-payment of parking fines by foreign lorry drivers.”
The Kentish Express tried without success to contact the estate’s owners.
Rubbish left by lorry drivers at The Courtyard, Orbital Park, Sevington
Margaret Pryke is campaigning to stop foreign lorry drivers parking