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Truckers are turning Sellindge into a 'lorry park'

Angry neighbours say a village has become a lorry park after truckers started using the A20 for overnight parking.

Frustrated residents in Sellindge have photographed HGV drivers taking advantage of new laybys put in by housing developer Taylor Wimpey, which is building scores of homes near the Co-op.

Developers say the installation of the laybys was part of the planning agreement, but fed-up neighbours have had enough.

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Lorries in laybys on the A20 in Sellindge (8001752)
Lorries in laybys on the A20 in Sellindge (8001752)

Retired IT manager Clifford Styles, who lives in Downs Way, said: "As soon as the laybys went in, the lorry drivers started using them immediately.

"It's disgraceful and it is the talk of the village.

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They reckon the laybys were put in for traffic calming to stop lorries hurtling through, but they have created a perfect car park.

"I personally think they should put a bollard in the middle of each layby - that way lorries couldn't fit in them but cars could still use them."

Sellindge Lorry problems caused by new layby bays built by Taylor Wimpey Homes. Resident Clifford Styles..Picture: Paul Amos. (7394372)
Sellindge Lorry problems caused by new layby bays built by Taylor Wimpey Homes. Resident Clifford Styles..Picture: Paul Amos. (7394372)

Folkestone and Hythe District Council has installed new signs in the laybys warning HGV drivers not to park there.

The authority's traffic regulation order allows for an overnight ban between 8pm and 7am weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for the entire length of the A20 in Sellindge.

Now the signs have been installed, FHDC says it can enforce the order.

Lorries parked in laybys on the A20 (7657007)
Lorries parked in laybys on the A20 (7657007)

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “As part of the planning agreement for our new homes development in Sellindge, we have installed a series of traffic calming measures on the A20 including the addition of new laybys.

"We are aware that lorries are using the laybys for parking and understand the frustrations of local residents."

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