Drivers in lay-bys throw human waste in gardens
People living near a busy road are taking matters into their own hands after finding bags of poo hanging from trees and bottles of urine dumped outside their homes by lorry drivers.
Neighbours who live along the A249 are placing traffic cones outside their properties to deter lorries from spending the night there.
Dez Leach, who lives in Detling, said he has seen as many as 19 lorries parked overnight in the lay-by next to his house.
He said: “Living next to the A249 is quite hard work and I have been living there for about five years but the road was there a long time before I was so I knew what I was moving in to.
“Next to my house there is a lay-by and there’s room for two lorries but most nights there are around seven or eight, with the most being 19.
“There aren’t any toilets there and I do sympathise with the lorry drivers as it must be really difficult for them.
“But they either go in a carrier bag and throw it out the window or just on the grass.
“The urine is often in bottles which are thrown over my hedge or into the road.”
Maidstone Borough Council has installed bins at designated parking spots but, despite this, litter still fills the hedges.
Mr Leach said the kerbstones and verges were cracking under the weight of the lorries, leaving Kent County Council to pay the repair bill.
He said: “To be fair KCC has been really good at coming to clear the lay-by when I call them and they have replaced a load of kerbstones but they will just break again.
“It’s costing KCC a lot of money and causes me a lot of problems with the noise and also the fumes.”
To deter drivers from parking up, Mr Leach and his neighbours have been trying to block the lay-by with cones.
Detling Parish Council chairman Irene Bowie said: “We don’t know why people aren’t using bins.
“It’s awful, leaving human waste lying around poses environmental issues and something needs to be done.”
Cllr Bowie is also concerned of the dangers posed by lorries blocking lay-bys, reversing into them and then pulling out blind.
“If someone were to break down in the evening when the lay-bys are full, they have to stop in live traffic,” she added.
KCC said it cannot do anything about the litter or parking because it comes under Maidstone Borough Council.
The borough council did not respond to requests for comment.
Parish council chairman Irene Bowie and examples of the mess being left in lay-bys along the A249