Knife threat from for­eign driver asked to move lorry

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer says he was threat­ened by a for­eign lorry driver bran­dish­ing a knife af­ter rais­ing road safety con­cerns.

Philip Gold­ing says for­eign lor­ries are block­ing the views for mo­torists turn­ing out of God­in­ton Lane onto the A20 which has a 60mph speed limit.

He said the num­ber of lor­ries park­ing at the junc­tion has in­creased since last sum­mer, but when he con­fronted a driver about the road safety, the man threat­ened to stab him rather than move to a des­ig­nated lorry park.

Mr Gold­ing said: “Ev­ery morn­ing there are five or six lor­ries park­ing at the junc­tion with the A20. There’s go­ing to be a fa­tal ac­ci­dent be­fore too long.

“If driv­ers are turn­ing out of God­in­ton Lane they can’t see on­com­ing traf­fic – tak­ing their life into their own hands.

“There was an in­ci­dent a few weeks ago, and I worry about any car turn­ing out of the junc­tion.

“I’ve ap­proached lorry driv­ers and told them to move, but one threat­ened me with a knife. They are us­ing land as a toi­let, threat- en­ing my­self, my wife and my daugh­ter.”

Mr Gold­ing, who now runs his own pest con­trol busi­ness, Pestaway, said he hasn’t re­ported the knife threats to the po­lice be­cause the lor­ries driv­ers leave the coun­try very quickly.

He says the prob­lem has got so bad he has put up a sign in his gar­den writ­ten in Bul­gar­ian to say “my gar­den is not a toi­let”.

He added: “The lorry driv­ers all have their own Face­book groups which share lo­ca­tions of where they can get away with park­ing il­le­gally, and un­for­tu­nately this is now one of those lo­ca­tions.

“I spent 20 years as a po­lice of­fi­cer in Lon­don, I’ve had enough of pulling peo­ple out of the wrecks of cars and then hav­ing to knock on doors to give peo­ple the mes­sage that there loved ones are dead.

“I don’t want God­in­ton Lane to be the cause of an­other fa­tal ac­ci­dent just be­cause of stupid park- ing and driv­ing.”

He said he has re­ported the is­sue to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, which has ex­tended a pol­icy of clamp­ing lor­ries in lay­bys and in­dus­trial es­tates.

The pol­icy is set to be re­viewed in March at the next joint trans­porta­tion board meet­ing.

Mean­while Kent County Coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to press ahead with plans for a so­lu­tion to Op­er­a­tion Stack at the vil­lage of Stan­ford off the M20.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos

Phil Gold­ing says there will be an ac­ci­dent if some­thing is not done about the parked lor­ries; he has up a sign in his gar­den writ­ten in Bul­gar­ian to say ‘my gar­den is not a toi­let’

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