Lorry fears lead to re­jec­tion of ma­chin­ery store plan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

VIL­LAGERS ap­plauded when a scheme that could have led to more lor­ries thun­der­ing along their roads was re­jected.

Pluck­ley res­i­dents clapped and called out “thank you” from the pub­lic gallery when an ap­pli­ca­tion to change the use of an agri­cul­tural build­ing at Pin­nock Bridge Farm at The Pin­nock to store, main­tain and re­pair plant and ma­chin­ery was voted out 10-0 at a bor­ough coun­cil plan­ning meet­ing.

It had been feared the scheme would have gen­er­ated more lor­ries in a vil­lage al­ready said to be over-run by them.

Ward coun­cil­lor Clair Bell (Con) told the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day last week: “HGV traf­fic has been the big­gest con­cern put to me by res­i­dents.”

Cllr Gerry Clark­son (Con) said: “The run-through of HGVs is very con­sid­er­able. They are com­ing down from the Char­ing cross­roads.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers had rec­om­mended the scheme’s ap­proval but plan­ning of­fi­cer Martin Vink ac­knowl­edged that the area was be­ing used as a ra­trun.

He told coun­cil­lors they could vote to refuse on the grounds of too much traf­fic for the ru­ral roads.

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