Lor­ries nui­sance is driv­ing us crazy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS - by Clare Mul­grew

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

Pic­tures Martin Apps pd1199185/1199188

Mar­garet Pryke is cam­paign­ing to stop for­eign lorry driv­ers park­ing

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