Starting from the 2nd October, the M20 will be closed between 8pm and 6am. for 2 weeks, between junctions 10 and 11. A speed limit of 50 mph will be set in place together with slipways shut. See details below.
So why should this bother you? This could be a ‘taster’ of what our communities would experience, or in fact worse, should the proposed Lorry park become a reality. When the lorry park is in operation, junction 11 will be closed, making the movement of local traffic much worse. Moreover, a speed limit of 40 mph would be in operation on the M20 at the same time.
So why are Damian Collins and Charlie Elphicke still ranting about building the ‘white elephant’ at pace. Well, we know for a fact that they are confirmed apparatchik’s, ready to perform in the line towing process that any career politician would succumb to, but could it also be that the Road Haulage Association has funded a researcher to the tune of £22,500 to Charlies’ office. Just a thought.
Dear 4th May Voters,
A massive thank you to all who turned out to show their disgust and anger at the way Shepway District Council treats us all. Their lack of transparency and devious dealings over unneeded developments across our District has led to this backlash by Shepway Residents, calling for resignations and justified claims of dodgy dealers and worse.
Here is the web link to ‘Freight Action Plan for Kent’ which KCC have issued to consult on their plans for the future. I believe that we should all respond to it as individuals and steer the KCC towards a network of smaller lorry parks instead of supporting the one huge disaster at Stanford. You can download the pdf document and a questionnaire document in Word. The consultation closes 12 March.
As you will see the Freight Action Plan outlines five key actions:
- To tackle the problem of overnight lorry parking in Kent
- To find a long term solution to Operation Stack
- To effectively manage the routeing of HGV traffic to ensure that such movements remain on the strategic road network for as much of its journey as possible
- To take steps to address the problems caused by freight traffic to communities
- To ensure that KCC continues to make effective use of planning and development control powers to reduce the impact of freight traffic.