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Lay-by to be closed in bid to stop trucks stopping

By Josh Thomas

Action will be taken to prevent lorry drivers using a lay-by as an unofficial rest stop.

The lay-by on the A1017 near Aragon Road has been used as a stopping off point for refrigerated lorries.

Residents have complained about the noise from the vehicles, as well as the activities of some their drivers.

“They’re staying for, sometimes, 48 hours,” said Councillor Tony Brown.

“People have said plastic bottles of urine have been thrown into their gardens and into hedges.

“People are going to the toilet in the hedge and all manner of unsavoury things.”

Suffolk County Council has agreed to shut off the lay-by as a temporary measure and is looking at implementing overnight parking restrictions in the area as a long-term solution.

Town councillor, Maureen Byrne, met residents to discuss their situation and plans to meet with representatives of Culina, whose lorries are among those that use the site.

Speaking to the Echo, Cllr Byrne said Culina had been cooperative in trying to gain a solution, but made it clear that the issue would not be dropped.

“They’ve welcomed our input and have said they’ll do everything they can,” said Cllr Byrne.

“I’m very optimistic that we can find a resolution for the residents.

“If, however, we can’t work something out, we will take it as far as we have to. I’d like to make that clear.”

Other options for lorries that need to park over night include parking on the nearby industrial estate, with areas like Hollands Road being further away from residential areas and less likely to cause disturbance.

Extra bins have been put up in this area, along with signs to encourage proper disposal of waste.

“What we really need is a proper lorry park,” added Cllr Brown.

“We are not having a go at lorry drivers themselves. They should have somewhere safe to wash and use the lavatory.

“We will be pushing for something suitable in the future.”

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