A CLAMPDOWN on illegally parked lorries that is the first of its kind will start this month in Ashford.

Kent County Council [KCC] and Ashford Borough Council have teamed up in a scheme which will see first-time offenders clamped, while drivers could also be fined. The Department for Transport has changed its clamping policy to allow the authorities to act.

Councillor Matthew Balfour, the KCC cabinet member for transport, said: “Under this new scheme, we can clamp lorries that are flouting the ban, fine them and charge them to remove the clamp.

“I’m delighted that we have been able to work together to get this scheme up and running and help stamp out an issue that is affecting residents’ lives.

“The order will not allow any overnight parking of HGVs along the A20 between and including Charing and the Drovers Roundabout, and this will extend for some distance along adjoining roads to stop HGVs simply moving further on.”