Stornoway truck park closure could force hauliers to park in residential roads

Commercial Motor
April 17, 2013

Western Isles haulier D.R. MacLeod believes that trucks will be forced to park in residential roads, as a Stornoway lorry park faces closure.

Councillors on the Isle of Lewis have withdrawn the £10,000 per year funding for the Island Road lorry park in Stornoway, the only truck parking facility in the area.

Hauliers will not be able to use the site to park from 1 August, when the funding to rent the land will be withdrawn.

Local operator D.R. MacLeod, which is licenced to operate 16 vehicles out of its site in Stornoway, believes that it will cause problems for hauliers visiting from mainland Scotland.

Director Donald MacLeod told “These vehicles are going to have to park somewhere and will probably park in residential roads as there is nowhere else.”

MacLeod thinks that local councils “have a moral requirement” to provide truck parking for operators, especially for those travelling from mainland Scotland.

“[The council] spent £100,000 on resurfacing the lorry park. They’ve probably just made this decision on a whim,” he added.

A spokesman for local council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said funding was withdrawn as it had to find £6m in savings when it agreed its budget package.

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