AN order to prevent drivers parking up overnight at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate is set to remain in place – with full powers to come into force in March.

Members of Hambleton District Council’s cabinet yesterday recommended to full council that the order – which has been trialled for the last seven months - be retained.

They were told that consultation on the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) had shown that while improvements had occurred, there was still concern over repeated and prolonged anti-social behaviour at the site.

This includes littering and inappropriate disposal of waste and the starting of engines and use of refrigeration units through the night.

And despite efforts made by the council to inform lorry drivers of the prohibition on sleeping in their vehicles, the practice has continued - albeit at a reduced rate.

Cabinet spokesperson, Councillor Bridget Fortune, said: “This order will stop unauthorised camping in any vehicle, including HGVs, at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

“Overnight parking is causing a great deal of anti-social behaviour and distress to local people and we need to take action to stop it.

Cllr Fortune also added that a second order - for Thirsk Industrial Estate – will be considered by councillors this summer.

The cabinet’s decision on the Leeming Bar order will be considered by full council on February 25.