The owner of a popular roadside cafe near a ‘public sex hotspot’ says the events cost him £100 a week in revenue.
Amanda Bissett, who runs the Big Baps cafe in a parking area just off the M62 in Brighouse, is asking her local council to limit parking to a maximum of two hours, Live reporting from Yorkshire.
It comes after his co-owner previously complained that his business was being blighted by ‘Manchester men’ hosting dogging parties in the bushes.
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Sharon Wherrett said she and her business partner see “two or three doggers” every morning as they serve breakfast to truck drivers.
She claims the men are from ‘Manchester’ and sometimes so many people show up that there is no room for the lorry drivers to park in the parking area.
She estimates the cafe is losing around £100 a week due to customers’ inability to find a parking space.
The parking area, she claims, is ‘abused’ by people who park and ‘share cars’ with friends or colleagues in order to save money.
She has also complained for months about men who park and meet other men for public sex in the woods behind the cafe.
Amanda said a policeman came to the cafe to discuss the issues and mentioned ongoing ‘patrols’.
“He reluctantly went for a walk (around) and said they would patrol but I haven’t seen anything since,” she said.
Amanda said Calderdale Council had mentioned putting up parking signs but that hadn’t happened yet.
“It’s something they’re aware of but it’s not a priority,” she said.
“They might put up signs in a year or two.”
During this time, she began placing her own homemade signs on the vehicles parked outside the cafe.
“Notes say” please don’t leave your car in this parking area. You should only park here for a maximum of two hours. By parking here, it prevents key workers from parking up for a well-deserved rest and meal break.”
She says many of the customers are nurses, midwives and lorry drivers who are in desperate need of a bacon sandwich, a cup of tea and a rest.
The warning signs haven’t gone down well with everyone, she says.
“A man came in and said ‘what is this’. We told him that was polite advice and why we left it there.
“He said, ‘I don’t give a damn about key workers – people should leave us alone. He was here to get off in the back (instead of the public sex hangout).”
Amanda says the “sexual range” issue hasn’t gone away. There are litter signs at the rest area, but visitors continue to throw away condoms and condom wrappers.
This makes her particularly annoyed because her customers don’t want to be put off by their food.
“Sex waste is always a problem,” she says.
“It’s been cold and wet and I don’t think there’s a lot of romance when it’s cold – but it continues.”
In the meantime, reckless parking costs him money because there are sometimes no places for passing customers. From time to time, motorists parked on the sidewalk.
“We are losing money. I would say easily over £100 a week.”
West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council have been contacted for comment.
In October, Calderdale Council said it would address the cafe’s concerns, saying: ‘We will work with the police and other partner organizations to address the concerns.
Police previously said the matter had been passed to the Neighborhood Policing Team.
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