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EXCLUSIVE: 270 acre Brexit lorry park site identified near Maidstone village

Friday 13th July 2018

RESIDENTS in a rural part of Kent face the prospect of a huge post-Brexit lorry park on their doorstep, Daily Downs Mail has learnt.

Highways England has written to landowners and farmers about a 250-300 acre plot between Sandway and Boughton Malherbe, which has a service slip road running from the nearby M20.

They have received letters from HE about the possibility of exploratory ecological work.

It is another indication that the government is desperate to have a plan in place post-Brexit on March 30 next year, especially if no deal has been reached with EU.

Critics are warning of severe problems on the M20, almost permanent Operation Stack and the fragility of a new contraflow system designed to keep traffic moving.

Andrew Barr Jnr, who farms a large chunk of land owned by Trinity College, Cambridge, confirmed to Daily Downs Mail he was one recipient of an HE communication.

Robert Turner, chairman of Boughton Malherbe Parish Council said: “All I can say is that the land is to be surveyed and we know there will be an answer before Christmas on the results of that and if there will be further explorations.

“We know they are looking at sites 50 miles from the ports and the sites would have some sort of a customs clearance facility.”

He said the land crosses two parish council boundaries – Boughton Malherbe and Lenham.

Cllr Turner said the total area is around 270 acres. It is now known how many lorries the park might hold but locals estimate it at 1,000.

One local resident says that the narrow country roads “are totally unsuitable for an HGV park”.

It is understood that HE has not officially earmarked any sites but is searching for possible locations.

Borough councillors Tom and Janetta Sams were unavailable for comment.