TWO councils have teamed up to tackle the “antisocial” overnight parking of lorries in and around industrial estates.

North Yorkshire County and Hambleton District councils have formed a joint working party following numerous concerns being raised, particularly in the Thirsk and Leeming Bar areas.

Hambleton’s scrutiny committee heard claims wagon drivers were avoiding truck stops – where councillors said there were suitable facilities – by parking outside homes and on trading estates.

County and district councillor David Hugill said while the issue was county-wide issue, Hambleton had the biggest problem.

He said: “In these industrial estates there are no washing or toilet facilities. It is something that needs looking at as a matter of urgency.”

Bedale councillor John Noone added the issue had been exacerbated by the Coneygarth truck stop becoming oversubscribed.

He said: “It is a huge problem at Leeming Bar and at Thirsk as well. At Leeming Bar, wagon drivers are parking outside people’s houses, and they are throwing all sorts of horrible stuff into their gardens.

“They are perfectly entitled to park on the streets since there are no yellow lines. Instead of paying for overnight parking in the proper place with all the facilities, they are taking the money and parking where they want.”