Anger at lorry drivers using business park for overnight stays

Objections have been raised regarding the number of lorries that have been regularly parking on the Leechmere Industrial Estate as part of a stopover.
Objections have been raised regarding the number of lorries that have been regularly parking on the Leechmere Industrial Estate as part of a stopover.
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LORRY drivers delivering to Nissan have been reported to police for antisocial behaviour during overnight stays at Leechmere Industrial Estate.

As many as a dozen lorries belonging to Polish company Luberda have been seen parked in and around Wellmere Road in recent weeks, during trips to the city.

Businesses in the area have complained about problems accessing their buildings as well as the mess often left behind when the lorries leave.

Police became involved earlier this week, after one business owner alledgedly caught a driver urinating in the street.

Nissan has raised the matter with its contractors “as a matter of urgency”.

An owner of another business in the area, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the congestion caused by so many lorries could cause an accident.

“Everybody around here is having hell on about it,” he told the Echo. “There are plenty of lorry parks nearby, but they are £20 a night to stay at. Some days, people cannot get any of their wagons out.

“We had a wagon delivering to us, but lo and behold, there’s two Luberda lorries parked in front of our building where they shouldn’t be.

“There’s going to be an accident one day because they are blocking the carriageway.”

A Nissan spokesman said: “We have been made aware of disruption to businesses at the Leechmere Industrial Estate and have asked the transport companies concerned to resolve the situation as a matter of urgency.”

Police were called on Monday. A spokesman said: “At 5.33pm we received a report of inconsiderate parking and antisocial behaviour by lorry drivers at the Leechmere Industrial Estate in Sunderland.

“We will be working with all those involved to try and address their concerns.”