'Disgusting‘ lorry drivers using Tamworth area as 'overnight truck stop and toilet’

A new homeowner says she has “never seen such brazen disgusting behaviour in my life” after witnessing a lorry driver urinate along a popular dog walking spot. The local resident, who did not want to be named, said several lorry drivers park up along Ventura Park Road in Tamworth overnight near to Barratt Homes’ Dunstall Park development and are using the area as an ‘overnight truck stop and toilet’. She added “it is only a matter of time before there is going to be a serious accident”.

Staffordshire County Council has told BirminghamLive it is aware of the issue and is working with developers to see what can be done. The developers added they are looking to solve this “as a matter of urgency.” The homeowner said: “I have never seen such brazen disgusting behaviour in my life.

I am a new homeowner at Dunstall Park having moved into a house three weeks ago from Herefordshire. “On Saturday morning, April 17 at around 11am, I was shocked and horrified by what I saw from my bedroom window looking along Ventura Park Road towards the Toyota garage. “The driver of a large lorry, which had been parked there overnight, got out of his cab and left his door open wide, while bold as brass he crossed the road and walked up onto the grass verge pathway where people walk their dogs and stood and urinated.

He didn’t even go towards the hedge to do so!

Lorry drivers are using Ventura Park Road as ‘overnight truck stop and toilet’.

“This behaviour is absolutely disgusting particularly as approximately five minutes later a young lady along with her two small children and their dog walked right across the path where he had urinated. “I wish I had taken a photograph however I was so shocked by this person’s behaviour I didn’t think quickly enough. “At the time of the incident there were three lorries parked up by the side of the road and they had all been there overnight and had their front window blinds up.

“Not only do these lorries cause a traffic hazard to residents trying to get into the estate, being parked all the way along this road day and night, they also create a large amount of rubbish beside the roadside by their discarded food waste and packaging.

“Surely the council should not be allowing them to regularly use this area as a day and overnight truck stop and toilet! “I am seriously concerned about where have I moved to?” James Bailey, Assistant Director for Highways and the Built County at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Our highways teams are aware of the issues and are working with developers to see what can be done.

“We are also encouraging local businesses to provide better parking and rest facilities for their delivery drivers. “In the meantime, residents should report any anti-social behaviour and litter concerns to the police and Tamworth Borough Council.” Adrian Evans, Managing Director at Barratt Homes West Midlands, said: “It has been brought to our attention that factory workers are using Ventura Park Road to park their vehicles overnight which is causing some inconvenience for the local community.

“We have not given permission for this and have notified Tamworth Borough Council about the issue who are looking to solve this as a matter of urgency.”