Kent

Aldington lorry park plan hits setback

Lorries queue on the M20 in Kent during December's cold weather
Image caption Lorries queue on the M20 in Kent during December's cold weather

A local authority will persist with plans to build a lorry park on the M20 in Kent despite a government decision not to pay for it.

Kent County Council had hoped the government would agree £35m funding for the 70-acre site near Aldington.

The aim is to stop trucks having to queue on the M20 during cross-Channel delays.

But the Department of Communities and Local Government said the funding was not available.

Under Operation Stack, vehicles currently park on the motorway when cross-Channel transport is blocked.

'Better spent'

Paul Carter, the leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said he would seek alternative ways to fund the project.

He said: "Every time Operation Stack takes place it disrupts the private lives, the business lives, of everybody in that corner of Kent. It's not good enough.

"Nobody has come up with a more viable and better site than the one we are working on presently."

Matt Baldwin, who lives near the site, has campaigned against the proposal.

He said: "There are plenty of other ways that this money could be better spent to serve the residents of Kent."

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