Driv­ers in lay-bys throw hu­man waste in gar­dens

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS - By Caitlin Webb Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter [email protected]­m­group.co.uk

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

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