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Government set to introduce fresh laws to combat illegal lorry parking across Kent

PUBLISHED: 12:56 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 19 June 2017

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Theresa May promised last year the government was working on a solution to the problem

Fresh laws to combat illegal lorry parking on residential roads and laybys across Kent are set to be introduced by the government.

Kent County Council chiefs revealed the proposals at a transport cabinet committee meeting at County Hall, where the authority was outlining its wider plans for freight transport across the county.

Cabinet member for transport Matthew Balfour said a trial system would be introduced over the coming months, and that a proper plan was needed to restrict the so-called fly-parking, and provide facilities where trucks could park safely and conveniently.

He told members: The department [for transport] have been very positive about it and various changes to the law are going to be made so we can better deal with fly-parking.

“We are also going to be running a test project in the county later in the year to make sure we’ve got this as right as we can - we’re working with one district who are being exceptionally helpful in that.

“If you’re going to restrict lorries from parking where they do at the moment, they need somewhere where they can go and we’ve got a little list of sites which we think are appropriate.”

Cllr Balfour said he would not reveal where those sites were located at this stage.

Police officers and Highways England officials moved on, fined or immobilised a total of 3,703 lorries in Kent last year, and MPs have long lobbied Theresa May over the problem of fly-parking which has been described as “a blight”, “anti-social” and “dangerous”.

The prime minister told Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately last year the government was working on a solution and now appears to have come good on her promise.

“The government shares the desire to ensure that we don’t see this fly-parking of lorries across Kent, that we do provide suitable lorry parking facilities in Kent,” she said in December.

“I know the roads minister is looking at this issue very carefully indeed, I recognise it from my time as the home secretary, the pressure at particular times that can be put on the roads, villages and towns in Kent in relation to this.”

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