Ashford Brexit lorry park anger as authorities blocks launch of journey and environmental info

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The federal government has come below fireplace from Labour county councillors for its refusal to reveal details about visitors disruption and the environmental impression of a post-Brexit lorry park in Ashford.

KentOnline has been refused details about the impression of the 66-acre lorry park in Sevington which is below development and can act as a web site for lorries to be diverted to within the occasion of disruption alongside the M20.

The lorry park will not be absolutely operational on January 1

Though heavy rain has meant the location will not be absolutely operational till February, as much as 1,000 vehicles might nonetheless be saved on the land from January 1.

However the Division for Transport has rejected a Freedom of Data request for any evaluation made on the impression of the lorry park – or the ‘back-up web site’ on the close by Waterbrook Park property.

It has argued it’s not within the public curiosity to launch the knowledge because the coverage surrounding lorry parks and ‘Inland Border Amenities’ is a reside situation and as such can’t be launched.

The chief of the opposition Labour group on Kent County Council – Cllr Dara Farrell – raised the difficulty at a full council assembly earlier this month.

He mentioned: “How can the federal government nonetheless be claiming that the impression evaluation for the lorry park websites on the setting and visitors disruption are usually not within the public curiosity?

Cllr Dara Farrell (left) visited the site in July with Richard Lavender of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Reeves - shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - and Canterbury MP Rosie DuffieldCllr Dara Farrell (left) visited the location in July with Richard Lavender of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Reeves – shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – and Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield

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“What does the chief of the council intend to do about it?”

Cllr Farrell additionally questioned whether or not there was sufficient time to recruit extra highways staff to handle the Operation Brock scheme alongside the M20.

He additionally expressed misgivings over an expanded scheme designed to curb lorries from parking up on residential streets and whether or not there can be sufficient highways officers to police the Operation Brock scheme.

“I’m positive that even essentially the most ardent of Brexiteers didn’t vote to see Kent Police chasing lorries again onto the M20,” he added.

Referring to the newest report setting out the preparations KCC and different authorities had been making to minimise the impression of Brexit, he mentioned there was “a worrying lack of element”.

Work started on the site in July. Picture: Barry GoodwinWork began on the location in July. Image: Barry Goodwin

He mentioned time was restricted to recruit extra workers and that it was not clear the place the funds can be coming from to implement the scheme designed to discourage lorries from parking in residential roadsacross six different districts in east Kent.

KCC mentioned it was arranging for contracts “to make sure the seven boroughs might be patrolled and can be arranging for signage to be put in on all related roads”.

As a result of rain delay, HMRC checks attributable to happen on the Sevington plot will as a substitute be performed on the Waterbrook property.

The Brexit lorry park is next to Sevington churchThe Brexit lorry park is subsequent to Sevington churchHow Ashford's post-Brexit lorry park is set to look from late FebruaryHow Ashford’s post-Brexit lorry park is ready to look from late February

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A Division for Transport spokesman mentioned: “From January 1 customs checks on HGVs will probably be going down on the Ashford Waterbrook web site earlier than completely shifting to the Sevington web site in February 2021 if not earlier than.

“The Sevington web site will open as deliberate on January 1 to handle visitors ought to there be disruption.”

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