THE site of the former Night Owl truck stop beside the A14 spur at Alconbury will not be allowed a change of use as long as the demand for overnight lorry parking remains in the A14 corridor, Huntingdonshire District Council says. Stricter rules of drivers' permitted hours, combined with the closure of many lay-bys on the A14 for road safety reasons, have resulted in seeking out residential areas near main roads to park up overnight. This is not yet a problem in Huntingdonshire, said HDC's transportation team leader Stuart Bell, but it has become a source of serious nuisance at Bar Hall in South Cambridgeshire. A council working group that has been looking at the issue has concluded that HDC should urge Cambridgeshire County Council to set up a forum, including local authorities, MPs, police and truck operators to lobby Government, and that HDC should seek to influence the development of suitable HGV parking opportunities adjacent to trunk roads in the district. The Department for Transport and Highways Agency is looking at the problem nationally with a view to identifying the level of demand geographically, but no date has been set for publication of the study, a letter from Ministers to South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley implies. But the group said DfT regards HGV parking as a purely commercial venture, although operators are unwilling to pay more than a minimum even for a well-sited quality truck stop. The group of four councillors concluded that there was little Huntingdonshire could do in isolation, but said growing traffic volumes would make the problem worse. Members had been told that there were early-stage discussions about asking the Costain-Skanska joint venture, which is designing the £940million A14 improvements between Ellington and Fen Ditton, to look in parallel at the opportunity for lorry parking.