‘Th­ese lor­ries are caus­ing a dan­ger’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - HGV Update - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A frus­trated res­i­dent has writ­ten to a haulage com­pany af­ter a lorry spent 48 hours parked up on an Ash­ford hous­ing es­tate.

The lorry, owned by the Kim Jo­hansen Trans­port Group, parked in Cy­press Av­enue near Vibur­num Close on the God­in­ton Park es­tate on Fri­day.

It forced res­i­dent Bev­er­ley Davies to write to the group’s sales man­ager Kim Mouritzen to “re­mind” their driv­ers to park in lorry parks or on in­dus­trial es­tates.

She wrote: “As you will see from the at­tached pho­to­graphs, one of your com­pany’s lor­ries is parked in a res­i­den­tial area in Ash­ford. It is a route used by school­child­ren. It has been parked there since Fri­day evening.

“Any­one want­ing to turn left can­not see around this ob­struc­tion as it is parked too close to the junc­tion, caus­ing a dan­ger to other mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans.

“Please re­mind all your driv­ers to park in des­ig­nated lorry parks or in in­dus­trial es­tates and not in res­i­den­tial ar­eas.”

Lor­ries from the com­pany are reg­u­larly seen parked up overnight on the nearby Cobbs Wood in­dus­trial es­tate, off Chart Road.

Her con­cerns have been echoed by God­in­ton Park Cllr Bernard Heyes who fears that fur­ther park­ing re­stric­tions at Cobbs Wood would make a small prob­lem much worse.

He said: “You could write a book about all the in­ci­dents of lorry park­ing in res­i­den­tial ar­eas in Ash­ford. Cobbs Wood is ob­vi­ously a bet­ter place for them to park up in.

“When lor­ries park in a res­i­den­tial area it is dif­fi­cult to do any­thing about it. My con­cern is that we don’t want any more re­stric­tions on park­ing in Cobbs Wood. If the re­stric­tions are put in place, then God­in­ton will end up with more of th­ese prob­lems, the lor­ries will go straight into the res­i­den­tial area.

“At the mo­ment it is not a ma­jor prob­lem, but it a prob­lem that has started. They should go to lorry parks, there are spa­ces there.

“It is a prob­lem for the whole re­gion. Ash­ford in par­tic­u­lar is bad be­cause its en-route to the Chan­nel ports. If we put re­stric­tions in in­dus­trial es­tates the lor­ries will just end up in res­i­den­tial ar­eas which would be highly un­de­sir­able.”

Res­i­dent Bev­er­ley Davies has writ­ten to a haulage com­pany ask­ing them to stop driv­ers park­ing up overnight on res­i­den­tial streets. Right, Cllr Bernard Heyes says “you could write a book about in­ci­dents of lor­ries park­ing in res­i­den­tial streets”

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