Reactions to Operation Stack lorry park report from Transport Select Committee

By   June 2, 2016

Kent MPs Damian Green, Damian Collins and Charlie Elphicke react to Operation Stack lorry park report from Transport Select Committee

Broadsides have been fired from the opposing sides over plans for an Operation Stack lorry park. Supporters for a lorry park clashed swords with residents today after MPs in the cross-party Transport Select Committee (TSC) published its verdict yesterday.

Kent MPs Damian Green (Ashford), Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe) and Charlie Elphicke (Dover and Deal) today criticised the inquiry’s verdict that the case “had not been made” for a lorry park at Stanford.

Villagers welcomed the announcement by TSC chair and Labour MP Louise Ellman.

The campaign group SOS Kent (Smarter Options than Stanford) – a partnership between Stanford Parish Council and local residents – has been fighting for alternative options since the news emerged of Stanford being the preferred site for a 4,000 space lorry park last autumn. Matthew Webb, Stanford parish chair, said:

“It is hugely gratifying that a UK parliamentary body such as the TSC has finally acknowledged that the ‘case for £250 million lorry park has not yet been made’. During our seven month campaign, the residents of Stanford and surrounding parishes have been ridiculed as ‘NIMBYs’. This has proved incredibly distressing to many people in our communities at a time of great uncertainty.”

…It will be interesting to see if these same groups [Kent County Council, Shepway District Council and MP Damian Collins] now treat the TSC’s calls  with the same contempt; I suspect not.”

For the full article go to Kent Online.

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