TRUCKERS have been going to the toilet in bushes in a Neston lay-by.
A large number of lorry drivers have been spotted parking overnight in Liverpool Road, near the junction with the A540 Chester High Road, and using the surrounding area as a makeshift lavatory.
Now the borough’s highways and transportation local joint committee wants to introduce a traffic regulation order to limit the amount of time vehicles can park in the lay-by both day and night.
A committee report said: “Following site investigations, it was found a significant number of HGVs are parking for long periods during the day, but especially overnight, in this lay-by.
“It has been established the vast majority of these are delivery vehicles. However, their origins and destinations has not been established.
“With the exception of a public phone box, there are no local amenities in the surrounding area to justify parking here for significantly lengthy periods.
“It has been brought to the attention of the borough council’s environmental health department that, due to a lack of public toilet facilities, drivers of HGVs, particularly in the hours of darkness, are utilising the area around the lay-by for their ablutions and the emptying of chemical toilets.”
The committee suggests limiting waiting in the lay-by to two hours, with a ban on the same driver returning to it within six hours.
“The two-hour limit would give sufficient time for HGV drivers to legally rest during long haulage journeys on the UK road network,” added the report.
Cheshire Constabulary has said it has no objections.