Getting tough on nuisance lorries
ILLEGAL PARKING: Yellow lines and new restrictions to keep roads clear overnight
A LEADING campaigner has praised new get-tough measures to tackle foreign lorries parking illegally, but says more needs to be done.
Councillors have voted through a series of no-waiting restrictions with more yellow lines at Ashford’s Orbital Park to deal with lorries that clog the roads there most nights.
But Ashford’s “lorry lady”, Margaret Pryke, says the restrictions need to be enforced and more parking spaces need to be found to solve the problem in the longer-term. Mrs Pryke said: “I am pleased with the new restrictions, but the council has to enforce them.
“All this is going to be difficult until somewhere else is found for the lorries to park. At the moment, many have nowhere to go.”
Lorries park overnight and at weekends on the industrial estate because the alternative, Ashford’s Waterbrook truck stop, does not have enough spaces to cope with demand.
A Kentish Express investigation last year revealed that 85 per cent of parking tickets issued to foreign lorries at Orbital Park were not paid. The new restrictions were voted through by Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council’s Joint Transportation Board.
The measures are also to deal with employees’ cars on the estate which clutter on-street space and increase the risk of accidents.
Businesses on the estate sent letters supporting the plans and one firm, Orbital Marketing Services, handed in a 95-signature petition.
Mrs Pryke has carried out surveys to discover the scale of lorry parking problems on Orbital Park.
She found there were 758 illegally parked lorries on the estate from last November 2 to 29 and 760 from last September 7 to 28.
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