Res­i­dents fed up with lor­ries park­ing out­side their homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tesco Smash - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Res­i­dents have called for more ac­tion to be taken to stop lor­ries park­ing out­side their homes and block­ing ac­cess.

Willes­bor­ough Park­ing Ac­tion group chair­man John Bai­ley says the prob­lem in Black­wall Road in Willes­bor­ough Lees has be­come in­tol­er­a­ble for res­i­dents when lor­ries park there.

He said: “It has be­come a real prob­lem over the last two years. In Black­wall Road there can of­ten be three lor­ries there.

“It causes chaos for the res­i­dents, it takes up half of a nar­row road, and causes more noise as the driv­ers leave the en­gines run­ning.

“There have been cam­paigns to get clamp­ing at the Or­bital Park and in in­dus­trial es­tates but it just moves them on else­where.

“The so­lu­tion ap­pears to have been sim­ply to put dou­ble yel­low lines ev­ery­where, but that doesn’t help ei­ther.

“It re­duces the amount of ad­e­quate park­ing space for vis­i­tors, de­liv­er­ies, and care work­ers, so it ir­ri­tates and in­con­ve­niences peo­ple fur­ther.

“There needs to be some kind of by-law to stop this, per­haps sin­gle yel­low lines to re­strict park­ing at cer­tain times.

“Cer­tainly lorry driv­ers don’t want to pay for the des­ig­nated park­ing, and pre­fer to take the money for them­selves, which leaves the res­i­dents and tax­pay­ers hav­ing to pick up the bill.”

He be­lieves there needs to be greater pro­vi­sion of park- ing in plan­ning rules for ma­jor sites such as hospi­tals, and an ap­proach which lis­tens to res­i­dents.

Mr Bai­ley’s con­cerns fol­low re­ports in God­in­ton Park of lorry driv­ers be­ing forced off the Cobbs Wood In­dus­trial Es­tate, and prob­lems with lor­ries block­ing junc­tions along the A20.

God­in­ton coun­cil­lor Bernard Heyes said the prob­lem with fur­ther re­stric­tions in in­dus­trial es­tates is that driv­ers could into res­i­den­tial ar­eas rather than pay a small fee to park up in des­ig­nated lorry parks.

This week Kent Po­lice has warned lorry driv­ers not to park on mo­tor­way slip roads or the hard shoul­der, and says long dis­tance driv­ers should fac­tor in rest breaks at des­ig­nated lorry parks or face fines.

The clamp­ing scheme was started last sum­mer and the trial pe­riod was ex­tended by the joint trans­porta­tion board. It is due to be dis­cussed again on Tues­day, March 8.

Park­ing ac­tion group chair­man John Bai­ley and three for­eign lor­ries take over Black­wall Road South in Willes­bor­ough Lees

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