THE site of the former Night Owl truck stop beside the A14 spur at Alconbury - now in new ownership - will not be allowed a change of use as long as there is a demand for overnight lorry parking off the A14, 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, has left lorry drivers seeking 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 serious nuisance at Bar Hall in South Cambridgeshire. A council working group wants HDC to urge Cambridgeshire County Council to set up a forum, (including local authorities, MPs, police and truck operators) to lobby Government. It says HDC should push for suitable HGV parking near trunk roads. The Department for Transport and Highways Agency is looking at the problem nationally to identify the demand across the country but no date has been set for publication of the study, according to a letter from Ministers to South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley. 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 at the opportunity for lorry parking.