Bosses of motorway cafe called Big Baps warn nearby dogging hotspot is putting off customers and could drive them out of business
The bosses of a motorway cafe called Big Baps have warned a nearby dogging hotspot is putting off customers and costing them £100 a week in takings.
Amanda Bissett, who runs Big Baps at Junction 25 with her sister Sharon Wherrett, has called on Calderdale Council to put up signs restricting parking to a maximum of two hours.
She estimates the cafe in Brighouse, 西约克, loses about £100 per week due to customers being unable to find a parking spot.
The lay-by, near Junction 25 of the M62, is ‘misused’ by people who park up and ‘car share’ with friends or colleagues in order to save money, 她声称.
She has also been complaining for months about men who park up and meet others for public sex in the woodland behind the cafe.
The council said it is aware of the cafe owners’ request to limit parking, which could take up to a year to implement if deemed suitable.
Amanda Bissett (右图), who runs Big Baps at Junction 25 with her sister Sharon Wherrett (剩下), has called on Calderdale Council to put up signs restricting parking to a maximum of two hours
The co-owner has been complaining for months about men who park up and meet others for public sex in the woodland behind the cafe. 图为: litter left in the wooded area
A police officer had visited the cafe recently to discuss the problems and had mentioned ‘patrols’ taking place, according to the co-owner.
阿曼达说: ‘He reluctantly went for a walk and said they would patrol but I have not seen anything since.’
She claimed that Calderdale Council had mentioned putting up parking signs but does not think this will happen soon.
阿曼达补充说: ‘It’s something they are aware of but it’s not a priority. They might put some signs up in one or two years.’
与此同时, she has taken to placing her own homemade signs on vehicles parked outside the cafe.
The notes say: ‘Please do not leave your car in this layby. You should only park here for a maximum of two hours. By parking here, it prevents key workers from parking for a well-deserved rest and a meal break.’
Amanda says a large number of her customers are nurses, midwives and lorry drivers who are desperate for a bacon sarnie, a cuppa and a rest.
The warning signs haven’t gone down well with everyone, 她说.
阿曼达说: ‘One man came in and said: “What’s this?” We told him it was a polite notice and why we left it there.
'他说: “I don’t give a s*** about the key workers – people should leave us alone.” He was here to go down the back (to the public sex meeting place).’
A police officer had visited the cafe (以上) recently to discuss the problems and had mentioned ‘patrols’ taking place, according to the co-owner
阿曼达说: ‘Sex litter is still an issue. It has been cold and wet and I don’t think there’s a lot of romance when it’s cold – but it still goes on.’ 图为: a man waiting in the wooded area
Amanda claims the ‘sex litter’ problem has not gone away. There are litter signs on the layby but visitors continue to discard condoms and condom wrappers.
This makes her particularly annoyed as her customers do not want to be put off their food.
她补充说: ‘Sex litter is still an issue. It has been cold and wet and I don’t think there’s a lot of romance when it’s cold – but it still goes on.’
The sisters have also been accused of being homophobic since speaking out about the issue, something that both Sharon and Amanda strenuously deny.
同时, inconsiderate parking is costing them money because there are sometimes no spaces for passing customers.
行为不端的男人已经没有借口了, drivers have been parking on the pavement.
Amanda estimates the cafe in Brighouse, 西约克, loses about £100 per week due to customers being unable to find a parking spot. 图为: a litter notice near the cafe
阿曼达说: ‘We are losing money. I would say more than £100 per week easily.’
A spokesperson for the council told MailOnline: ‘We’re aware of the request to limit parking in the layby off Junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse.
‘This will be assessed for suitability and prioritised alongside other highways requests. We get many requests about traffic related issues.
‘The council has a formal policy for assessing and implementing minor traffic and parking improvement schemes. This helps requests to be dealt with in a fair and consistent way through a simple prioritisation system.
‘There is a legal process we need to follow and many requests we get need a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Schemes that have been identified as a possible TRO and included in our programme of works can typically take 12 months to implement.’
Cops have previously said the matter had been passed to the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
MailOnline has reached out to West Yorkshire Police for further comment.