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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