Helping communities blighted by overnight lorry parking

Plans to expand a trial that successfully tackled inappropriate overnight lorry parking will be discussed by councillors, Kent Police, port authorities and haulage industry representatives.

Scores of communities across the county suffer regular disruption and disturbance from HGV drivers – generally foreign truckers – parking in residential areas or industrial parks.

Without any proper facilities these areas are frequently blighted by litter and waste.

Cllr Matthew Balfour

Cllr Matthew Balfour

Ashford Borough Council has carried out a trial crack-down, clamping HGV’s for which parking fines had not been paid.

The scheme has been deployed in three industrial estates to enforce existing parking restrictions.

The results of the pilot will be presented as a joint report from Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council to a meeting aimed at addressing this issue and Operation Stack, held on Friday.

Matthew Balfour, Kent County Council Cabinet member for Environment and Transport, said: “The establishment of a solution to Operation Stack that could result in increased overnight parking capacity enables the county council to consider how HGV’s can be encouraged to take advantage of the increased capacity.

“The county has suffered from issues resulting from HGV parking for many years and the increasing numbers of lorries is only making the situation worse.

“We want to explore expanding the trial carried out in Ashford, looking at enforcement of existing regulations including the cost. We are also very mindful of the risk that any measures taken could result in a transfer of this problem to residential areas.”

Helping communities blighted by overnight lorry parking was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by Thom Morris