Thurrock Council is warning HGV and lorry drivers that out-of-hours movements on a Stanford-le-Hope industrial estate will not be tolerated.
CCTV cameras were installed earlier this year to monitor vehicles leaving and heading towards Stanhope Industrial Estate in Wharf Road after the council received a number of complaints about movements outside the permitted hours of 7am to 7pm. Enforcement officers have used the cameras, which can read registration plates, to record breaches outside of the permitted times to the industrial estate, which is accessed via Wharf Road past residential properties.
CCTV images have since been used to issue the first Temporary Stop Notice (TSN) and the first Breach of Condition Notice (BCN) on an occupier on Stanhope Estate to cease the movement of service, delivery or collection vehicles visiting or leaving the estate other than between the hours of 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:"“We take the issue of unauthorised lorry and HGV movements on our residential streets very seriously and are sending a clear message to these drivers and the companies that they work for that we will not tolerate this public nuisance. The CCTV has been installed so that when residents report out-of-hour lorry movements, the council can check the CCTV to verify the breach and then commence informal/formal proceedings.
"We will continue to work with affected residents to ensure that enforcement action is made on any driving breaches made outside the specified times and days on the Stanhope Estate."
To report out-of-hours HGV and lorry movements, go to thurrock.gov.uk/planning-enforcement