KCC Consultation on freight and HGV parking

According to a recent survey every night there are around 658 mainly European HGV’s illegally parked on the sides of roads in Kent. This is a major issue for many communities and locally HGV’s are often parked under the M20 flyover on the A20 at the edge of Hollingbourne. Parking close to Junction 8 has stopped since the removal of a layby and the installation of red marker cones on the hard shoulder. KCC has asked Hollingbourne Parish Council to publicise their public consultation on the matter.

The following communicationhas been received by Hollingbourne Parish Council:-

Hello,

Kent County Council is currently updating its Freight Action Plan for the county. Since the first Plan was adopted in 2012 Kent County Council have implemented a number of measures to reduce the negative impacts of road freight on residents and visitors in Kent. The latest version of the Freight Action Plan outlines what we have already done and what we plan to do next to mitigate these negative impacts, whilst still recognising the positive benefits to our economy. This consultation is an opportunity for people and organisations within Kent to express their views, including the extent to which they agree with our actions and approach to freight issues.

The Plan outlines five major actions which are:

1.            To tackle the problem of overnight lorry parking in Kent

2.            To find a long term solution to Operation Stack

3.            To effectively manage the routeing of HGV traffic to ensure that such movements remain on the strategic road network for as much of its journey as possible

4.            To take steps to address the problems caused by freight traffic to communities

5.            To ensure that KCC continues to make effective use of planning and development control powers to reduce the impact of freight traffic

The consultation has launched today and will run for eight weeks until the 12th March 2017.

We would be grateful if you could take this opportunity to read our Freight Action Plan for Kent and complete the online questionnaire, both of which can be found on our website www.kent.gov.uk/freightactionplan.

Alternatively you can send a written response to the consultation to sam.yates@kent.gov.uk or

FAO Sam Yates
1st Floor Invicta House

Kent County Council

County Hall

Maidstone

Kent

ME14 1XX

Kind Regards,

Sam

Sam Yates

Senior Transport Planner | Transport Strategy Team | Environment, Planning & Enforcement | Kent County Council | Invicta House, Maidstone ME14 1XX | www.kent.gov.uk    

More information about the overnight llegal parking of HGV’s in Kent is at http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/lorry-park-plans-threatened-by-118683/