Doggers flee notorious condom-strewn layby thanks to woodcarvers pop-up shop

A traditional woodcarver who claims he has seen off doggers from frequenting a layby for romps has been granted a licence to trade there.

Des Petersen was selling goods on the side of the A3072 in a spot historically known for people meeting up for sex.

Some members of the community took issue with him selling there, calling it an "obstruction" of the road.

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But Des, 59, has been allowed to continue trading in summer after convincing Cornwall Council that his presence has seen off randy residents and created a more family friendly environment.

Des said: "This layby is a notorious dogging layby. It has calmed down over the years. It is a lot calmer now.

"The police know about it, everybody knows about it. There is evidence there if you want to see it – used condoms that we found."

Des says now doggers have been swapped for dog owners thanks to the "safe and attractive environment".

He said: "I consider myself an environmentalist, I cut the grass, I pick up the litter. It is safe, there is no obstruction, there is no problem there."

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Des set up his wood carving business in 2015 under the name Woodall Products, but has an even longer commitment to making sure his local area is somewhere residents can be proud of.

"I have been in the area for around 20 years and have been carving for most of that time," he said.

"I kept the grass tidy and pick up all the litter and take a lot of pride in the area. That is the image I am trying to portray.

"Everyone makes me feel very welcome so I want to repay them by making the area attractive and interesting."

Des said he feels support from locals who frequently "toot and wave" when they drive past his pop-up shop.

The local parish council had previously argued he was obstructing traffic and should not be allowed to continue trading there.

However, Des produced photos showing large vehicles continuing to use the layby while he was trading and submitted them to the county council.

No objections were made by highway officials or the police and Cornwall Council reinstated his licence due to "insufficient evidence" of any obstruction.

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