Opinion: Don’t read this if you are eating your tea

Harrision & Hutchinson general manager, Tom Akister, says human excrement and toilet paper are in public view at Heysham Port
Harrision & Hutchinson general manager, Tom Akister, says human excrement and toilet paper are in public view at Heysham Port

Sometimes, human beings do things that defy understanding to your average thinking man or woman on the street.

This week’s front page story, chronicling the very real problem of dirty truckers deliberately fouling an area of Heysham, brings new meaning to the word ‘convenience’. This is not even a remote area, being as it is close to businesses. But lorry drivers, caught short en-route (and only 10 minutes from the toilets provided at Heysham Port) are choosing to regularly defecate and even kindly abandon vessels full of wee at the roadside - presumably after parking up for respite before boarding or after disembarking from the ferry. Obviously these drivers do not have a sense of ownership for this area - but is it too much to hope they have respect for those who do? But nevertheless it is happening - so what is the answer? One option could be to treat humans like pets and provide a poop scoop facility - or maybe fines for those caught short. The real answer is probably some sort of toilet facility and a firmly worded sign- paid for through a sort of trucker tax at the port perhaps. Of course, what is really astonishing, is that this is required at all in this day and age. The problem is not lack of facilities, but lack of that increasingly rare human quality - respect.