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Plea to act on human waste and lorries parking

Plea to act on human waste and lorries parking Plea to act on human waste and lorries parking
Updated: 9:56 am, May 07, 2015

PARKING regulations could be put in place to end a nightmare situation for businesses in Moons Moat.

Companies across the industrial estate joined forces to put pressure on Worcestershire County Council after enduring constant issues of lorries parking on or near junctions.

Often visibility on entire stretches of road is blocked for days due to the problems and staff have also reported carrier bags full of human waste being discarded in the area’s hedges.

James Ansell, from Mortek Ltd, told the Standard: “The traffic at night when we are trying to leave is making the road so compressed and so narrow.

“This is one of the nicest estates in Redditch and if we are not careful the problem is going to get out of control and it will go downhill.

“We respect the area. I would be devastated if any of us did something like that which was causing offence to other people. Someone has got to take control of it.”

Hayley Maher from Keynetix Ltd, who started a petition reported on in the Standard last year which now has over 100 signatures, said some businesses had even been forced to send their own staff out to clear up the waste.

But change could be on its way after Coun John Smith, responsible for highways at the county council, said there had been a meeting with officers and police on site to discuss the issues.

As a result they were proposing to introduce ‘junction protection’ which would involve a short stretch of double yellow lines on the junction of Acanthus Road and Ravensbank Drive.

“The aim would be to improve safety by preventing people from parking where drivers are turning in and out at that junction. This proposal will follow the normal traffic order procedure during which there will be further consultations.”

PCSO John Fleetwood from West Mercia Police added: “We are aware of the concerns raised about parking problems and anti-social activities at the Moons Moat industrial estate and have worked with businesses to try to find a satisfactory solution.

“We are continuing to patrol these areas and will take any appropriate action that is applicable until a permanent solution can be found.”

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