The Chairman introduced the report which set out the
situation in regard to illegal lorry parking in the district.
Enforcement was inappropriate whilst there was no provision for
legitimate lorry parking. Ashford Borough Council were able to
enforce because they had suitable provision for legitimate lorry
parking. Swale Borough Council were looking into the option of a
lorry park close to the border with Canterbury.
He added that the private sector would not support
such a facility as it would not be sufficiently profitable for
them. A council funded lorry might be more viable as the councils
could accept a lower profit level and it would be appropriate since
it would proactively tackle an issue affecting
The Committee discussed the matter and in particularly stressed the
need for any such provision to be financially self-sufficient in
the long term.
The recommendation set out in the report was
proposed, seconded and when put to a vote -
RESOLVED: That officers are given authority to
explore further with Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council and
Highways England potential options for lorry parking within Swale
Reason for the decision: Overnight lorry parking in inappropriate areas can
cause road safety problems, environmental issues as well as
disruption and inconvenience to residents in the Canterbury
district. If a suitable location for a lorry park can be found in
the Swale Borough area then this could provide a good long term
solution. This would need to be combined with appropriate
enforcement measures such as zonal parking restrictions with
clamping similar to the trial carried out by Ashford Borough
Record of the voting
For (11): Councillors B Baker, Baldock, Bartley, A Cook, S Cook, Doyle, Glover, L
Jones, Samper, A Taylor and Walker.
Against or abstaining: None