Call for action to stop Scunthorpe industrial estate junction being used as 'overnight lorry park'

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Sep 2017

Complaints that a junction on a Scunthorpe industrial park is being used as an unofficial overnight lorry park are to be addressed by North Lincolnshire Council and other parties.

Businesses on the Skippingdale Industrial Estate claim the problems are caused by drivers waiting to load up at the Can-Pack UK can-making factory.

Rob Chambers, the sales director at M.A. Hydraulics on Exmoor Avenue, said: "We need double yellow lines painted at the junction before there is a serious accident.

"At times the lorries are blocking access to other businesses on Skippingdale. We have seen several 40-tonne vehicles parked on a small stretch of road.

"There is no official lorry park with facilities in the area so the drivers, many of them from Eastern Europe, are using the junction as a make-shift overnight stop.

"I know drivers have to take breaks. But when those breaks turn into overnight stays, an industrial estate is not a good place to park.

"We have found bottles of urine left behind and the council has had to clean up human waste and rubbish."

A spokesman for Can-Pack UK said its transport contractors had been reminded of the need to park legally and considerately at all times.

Lorries parked on the Skippingdale Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe

The spokesman added: "Can-Pack uses a number of local, national and international hauliers for the transport of goods from our site in Scunthorpe.

"These lorries are run by independent businesses and we therefore have no control over what happens to them outside of our gates.

"The nature of our business is that we have a large number of lorries which have to move into and off site on a daily basis.

"With the legal requirement for drivers’ rest breaks and for operational requirements it is likely that lorries may need to wait either before arriving at site or after leaving.

"Waiting within an industrial area seems to be an appropriate area for them to stop.

"I frequently walk up Snowdonia Avenue and do see lorries parked, and whilst I recognise some of these, not all lorries parked in this area will be visiting Can-Pack. Most of the lorries I see are legally parked and are not blocking access to any of the businesses.

"If lorries are parked too close to the junction of Snowdonia Avenue and Exmoor Avenue then this is obviously an infringement of the Highway Code and is a matter for the police or other appropriate enforcement agency."

A spokeswoman for North Lincolnshire Council said: "To address the concerns raised about lorries parking on Snowdonia Avenue we will make the local policing team and other parties, including our community wardens and Vehicle and Operators Service Agency, aware of the problem.

"We will also engage with Can-Pack UK to see if there is anything else that can be done to alleviate the problem."

Now Mr Chambers and his fellow traders are to petition the local authority in their campaign to have double yellow lines laid down.



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