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A retail park employee is desperate to put an end to lorry drivers pooing in the bushes after his wife witnessed a man drop his pants and defecate in front of her.

Jim Matthews, who works for Leay at the Quarry Wood Retail Park in Aylesford, has watched HGV drivers turn the area into a tip with beer cans and litter strewn across the road.

The 48-year-old window and door installer is calling for more measures to be taken to prevent the car park and pavement being used as a toilet.

Jim Matthews and staff from Leay at Quarry Wood Retail Park, Aylesford, are fed up with lorry drivers leaving litter and pooing in the bushes
Jim Matthews and staff from Leay at Quarry Wood Retail Park, Aylesford, are fed up with lorry drivers leaving litter and pooing in the bushes

He said: “I walk to Sainsbury’s to get my lunch and if it is sunny and warm the smell of urine is pretty strong.

“Railings have been put down one side of the road but there are bushes on the other side.

"They have put signs up telling people not to poo in the bushes and they have just been ripped down or they ignore them.

“I popped into work on Saturday and pulled up as I normally do.

"While my wife was in the car this guy just dropped his trousers.”

The man then crouched down and did his business while looking at Mrs Matthews.

Lorry drivers have been ignoring signs
Lorry drivers have been ignoring signs

Mr Matthews has slammed the lorry drivers, many of whom are from Romania, Poland and Holland, and struggles to understand why they would not use the loos at Sainsbury's or Homebase.

He said: “Every evening we will get lorries parking up here right on the corner and it makes it a hazard for those who are driving.

“One colleague was looking out of the window and one of the lorry drivers was naked in his cab.

"During the winter they have the engines on at 4am so they can keep warm.

“I have been working here for 28 years and I have watched it get progressively worse. The man taking a poo in front of my wife was the final straw.”

Wynnstay Properties, which manages the industrial units in Lake Road, have paid “tens of thousands of pounds” to put up metal railings to prevent lorry drivers from using the surrounding areas as a toilet.

"While my wife was in the car this guy just dropped his trousers" - Jim Matthews

Despite their best efforts lorry drivers have not been deterred from defecating in the bushes closes to Leay and other businesses in the industrial estate.

Wynnstay Properties has contacted Highways England and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and both have said they are unable to help.

Lorry drivers are still ignoring signs around the site of a stickman squatting within a red ring to symbolise the prohibiting of using bushes as a toilet.

Neighbouring homes have also complained about the noise of lorries reversing and loud music with Saturday afternoons the busiest period for lorry drivers to park up.

Jim Matthews suggested those to blame for the foul smell should drive further on to the Maidstone services at junction six of the M20.

A number of health risks are posed when defecating in open spaces including diarrhoea and intestinal worm infections if water is contaminated.

Other diseases included typhoid, cholera and hepatitis.

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