Lorry drivers urinating in hedgerows as they park overnight causing anger
Residents say they are fed up with lorries headed for Walleys Quarry in Newcastle parking up overnight in the lay-by outside Bradwell Hospital and on other local roads. They say drivers have been seen sleeping in their trucks while parked up in lay-bys - adding that they have seen them outside the hospital as well as next to schools and care homes in the area. People are also annoyed because drivers are relieving themselves in hedgerows and on pavements.
Audrey Young said: "Residents are getting annoyed because not only do the lorries emit bad smells sometimes, but drivers are then using the paths and hedges as a toilet. "It's unacceptable as there are places nearby - like Keele Services, where drivers can park overnight - that have facilities for them to use. We feel that this is disrespectful to our community."
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She said: "We shouldn't have to put up with this behaviour. A school child could easily see them doing the same in the mornings on the way to care club for example. We ask that Walleys Quarry speak to companies immediately to rectify this unacceptable behaviour."
She said she had contacted Red Industries, which owns Walleys Quarry, about the issue. She added that there are a number of local sites where trucks can park - and that Red Industries could reimburse drivers the cost of parking at the truck-stops as a gesture to support the local community. She said drivers would benefit from the idea, as some of the local truck-stops have a range of facilities, including showers, a carvery, a bar and safe overnight parking - as well as facilities for washing trucks.
A spokesperson for Red Industries said: "Walleys Quarry Ltd is not responsible for any vehicles when not on site. Walleys Quarry Ltd has applied to Staffordshire County Council for planning permission to allow lorries on-site from 6am, an hour earlier than currently permitted. "This has been done with the intention of easing traffic congestion and if granted, this application will allow vehicles to enter the site at an earlier time so that traffic is cleared more efficiently and quickly.
No tipping works will begin until 7am, dictated by the current permit. All lorries will be parked on the haul road with their engines off to avoid noise disturbance. We anticipate this would result in between 12 and 24 vehicles being removed from the road.
We hope the council will grant permission for our application which would address some of the concerns raised."