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Anger as 'rubbish and human waste' left in Long Bennington

By Grantham Reporter

Residents are angry at the amount of rubbish and ‘human waste’ being left behind by lorry drivers who park in their village overnight.

According to residents in Long Bennington, between 12 and 21 lorries park in the village every night instead of using the lorry park at Gonerby Moor Services near Grantham.

District councillor Paul Wood represents Long Bennington and wants to prevent overnight parking in the village.

He said: “The lorries park there because they do not want to pay the charge of a proper lorry park at Great Gonerby however Long Bennington is on a public road with no toilet facilities which inevitably causes problems including vast amounts of litter, rubbish and even human waste.

“South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) have been extremely helpful and have done a great job clearing up the mess but Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) need to issue a Traffic Regulation order to prevent overnight parking in the entire village.

“I want to stop overnight parking generally in the village and not force lorries from the north of the village into other areas of Long Bennington.”

SKDC cabinet member for environment, Coun Dr Peter Moseley, said: “Because of the excess rubbish left by the additional traffic, there is more than can be dealt with on our scheduled cleans for laybys and verges.

“We therefore provide an additional service from our specialist cleaning crews to keep the area up to the high standards our residents have come to expect and maintain our Higher Street Standard.

“We are considering using our enforcement team in this area but ultimately would like a resolution to the issue of lorries parking in this area.”

Leanne Gibson, programme leader for minor works and traffic at LCC, said: “We’re aware of the concerns about HGVs parking overnight in Long Bennington.

“We have looked at what can be done to tackle this issue and we’ll be presenting our initial findings to the parish council on Friday (today) at a meeting organised with local county councillor Alexander Maughan, who is supporting the local community in finding a solution.”

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