HC Deb 07 July 1960 vol 626 cc687-8
30. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken by the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis to abate the nuisance caused to the residents of Furness Road, N.W.10, of long parking periods by as many as 10 lorries, the loading from one lorry direct to another, and other nuisances perpetrated by a waste recovery factory in that area.

Mr. Vosper

I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that the police have received many complaints about obstruction and other nuisances near these premises. They have not observed loading from one lorry to another or as many as 10 lorries parked for long periods, but proceedings have been taken in respect of a number of traffic offences.

Mr. Pavitt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have seen these lorries and have seen one loaded from another? Can nothing be done to prevent the public highway being used as an extension of factory premises? Is he aware that this factory is adjacent to a school and that the inconsiderate use of these lorries gives considerable anxiety to parents in my constituency?

Mr. Vosper

I have examined the correspondence in this case. Prosecutions have been taken out against more than half the employees of this firm, which itself has been prosecuted on two occasions. I understand that the local authority contemplates further action, but I doubt whether at present there is anything that my right hon. Friend can do in the matter.

Mr. Fletcher

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this nuisance is not con- fined to any one area but is common thoughout the Metropolis? A growing number of residents are being increasingly disturbed at the practice of lorries parking outside their residences very often through long periods of the day as well as at night. What general instructions has the Home Secretary given to the Commissioner of Police on the subject?

Mr. Vosper

In general, and in the instance to which the hon. Member for Willesden, West (Mr. Pavitt) referred, sufficient powers have been available. In this case, and I have no doubt in others, the police have exercised considerable effort to try to mitigate the nuisance, with some effect.