Demolition of Wheatsheaf pub for new road junction is under fire
Friday 2nd July 2021
CONTROVERSIAL plans to demolish an old pub to make way for a new road junction have been heavily criticised.
Maidstone Borough Council approved pulling down the Wheatsheaf near on the A274 on June 24, so Kent Highways can make room for a new design which aims to improve traffic flow.
Opposition councillors continue to have "concerns" with the proposed layout and with the loss of the inn.
South ward Cllr Derek Mortimer, pictured, said: "The Wheatsheaf pub is a historic landmark and it will be very sad to see it demolished following this decision. While my fellow councillors and local residents agree that urgent attention is needed to address congestion caused by the government’s push to increase our housing numbers, we need to ensure that the junction improvement is sufficient to warrant this loss locally."
Lib Dem colleague Cllr Brian Clark added: "The purchase and demolition will be a high price to pay if genuine improvements to the junction fail to materialise."
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