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RHA policy director “livid” over “numpties” that equate lorry drivers with danger

RHA Policy Director Duncan Buchanan has verbally lashed out at a Labour Councillor for making “Ill informed" and “inflammatory" comments regarding the construction of a lorry parking facility at Pembroke Dock.

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On Wednesday, the Western Telegraph revealed that a decision on whether to grant permission for the construction of the lorry park had been deferred by the local council.

As the newspaper reported, “members of Pembrokeshire County Council’s committee unanimously backed deferring Certas Energy UK Limited’s application for parking for 17 HGV tankers, eight cars and a welfare facility on Criterion Way until a report on ecological matters was received from NRW [Natural Resources Wales].”

In the paper, Labour Councillor Tony Wilcox was quoted as saying the park would be “smelly” and “potentially dangerous”:

“Anyone who thinks putting a smelly, potentially dangerous, lorry park there will be of any benefit to Pembroke Dock is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

Moreover, Councillor Wilcox reportedly argued the lorry park would bring no economic benefit to the area. Other Councillors are also said to have raised safety concerns regarding empty tankers and the nearby Asda petrol station’s underground storage. On top of that, UKIP Councillor Paul Dowson claimed the facility would have a negative impact on wildlife.

The comments from Councillor Wilcox were met with fierce criticism from RHA Policy Director Duncan Buchanan, who said that the Labour Councillor “should be ashamed” given the need for driver facilities in the UK:

Evidently fed up of the rise in negative comments surrounding lorry drivers, lorries and lorry facilities, Buchanan also tweeted that he was “so sick of numpties” who “somehow equate lorry drivers with danger”:

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