Lorry fears lead to rejection of machinery store plan
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.