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Lorry relief could be on the way

Friday 19th September 2014

A NETWORK of lorry parks could be constructed to tackle problems suffered by Kent residents from HGVs parking in residential and industrial areas.

The commercially run sites would also act, at least initially in part, as a holding area for HGVs caught up in Operation Stack, which would help avoid closure of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9, which causes massive disruption to drivers, local residents and businesses.

David Brazier, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said: “Being home to both the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, Kent is the UK’s front door to Europe for road freight, with nearly 90% of all heavy goods vehicles travelling between the UK and continental Europe doing so via the county.

“This movement of goods and materials is vital to the UK’s economy but does create a number of issues for Kent’s residents. One particular issue that generates a sizeable number of complaints is that of HGVs parking in inappropriate locations, say near residential areas, and the resulting noise, nuisance, litter and anti-social behaviour.”

The County Council has identified three potential sites that met specific criteria – at Westenhanger, next to the Ashford International Truckstop and at White Cliffs Business Park, Dover.

Kent County Council Members were due to make a decision on their preferred site as the Downs Mail went to press.

If approved, development work on the preferred site will start, with a view to delivering the first in a possible network of similar lorry parks.