FOLLOWING ongoing issues across borough, Thurrock Council’s planning committee unanimously agreed a new temporary lorry park in Stanford Le Hope.
Providing a maximum of 441 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) parking bays within a haulage yard and other parking facilities to support activities associated with London Gateway Port and Logistics Park.
Additional facilities agreed for the site include office buildings, refuelling facilities, as well as a new single carriage way access road and accompanying highways infrastructure.
Chair of Planning, Cllr Tom Kelly said discussion was “concerning” when hearing about the difficulties the community was currently facing in terms of “inconsiderate lorry parking”.
He said: “HGVs are a necessary part of the economy. We want our shops and hospitals stocked, we want to do business across the country and further afield and we want fuel at our petrol stations.
“Thurrock is a growing freight and logistic hub – nationally and in the South East. We have to ensure there are appropriate facilities while minimising the negative impact on residents.
“With an additional lorry park in place there is no excuse for illegal lorry parking – which we will continue to enforce against. Overnight lay-by parking is also being successfully prevented through our joint programme of lay-by closures with Highways England.”