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Call to enforce overnight sleeping order on Bedale industrial estate

FIRMS based at an industrial estate where a council has launched a Public Space Protection Order crackdown on overnight parking are urging the authority to start enforcing the move.

Businesses at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate they are continuing to be affected by inconsiderate lorry drivers despite Hambleton District Council introducing the measure earlier this year for the estate and surrounding area to tackle antisocial behaviour from those who use the area to camp overnight in vehicles.

The authority said overnight parking was leading to littering, early morning engine noise, criminal damage, refrigeration noises through the night, inappropriate parking, road safety concerns and human excrement left on premises including children’s nurseries and residents’ gardens.

The council said the order would not be enforced immediately after its implementation, but following an initial period of those found in breach of the order being offered advice, fixed penalty notices of £100 would be handed to any person found breaching it.

Hauliers have claimed the council should focus its resources on creating parking for lorries.

Adam Dye, of poultry and pig equipment supplier Newquip, said poor and inconsiderate parking on the estate had seen trailers being abandoned in front of the business access, leaving staff unable to park and the firm unable to operate.

He said: “The parking of wagons in this way causes both access issues and safety issues as they restrict visibility and force people to blindly go onto the wrong side of the road in order to exit the car parks within the estate.

“I would also fully support additional space being allocated for the safe parking of wagons and it should not be unachievable for lorries to be segregated into those parking overnight to those on short breaks within large lorry parks, this seems more a logistical issue.

“To be fair to the council, I think they are doing quite a lot to try and help the situation in a balanced way. I do, however, think the grace period should soon come to an end in order to allow a proper trial of the order as if no fines are issued then I don’t really think this can be considered an effective trial or provide valid information.”

A Hambleton council spokesperson said: “The council is commencing its planned review of the Order with a consultation to begin next week.

“We would ask all companies that are experiencing anti-social behaviour from drivers parking up to sleep to contact Hambleton District Council to inform us of this.”

“Irrespective of the order, businesses should not be prevented from accessing their properties due to obstruction of adopted highways and in such situations the business should contact the highways authority or North Yorkshire Police.”

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