‘These lorries are causing a danger’
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”