‘no proper pLan’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - One Long Job -

Crit­ics of the lorry park be­ing built at Stan­ford are an­gry con­trac­tors have been se­lected be­fore a lo­ca­tion has been con­firmed.

Op­er­a­tion Stack has not been im­ple­mented for more than 10 months since the cri­sis last sum­mer.

Matthew Webb, chair­man of Stan­ford Par­ish Coun­cil, who is also part of the ac­tion group against the Stan­ford pro­pos­als, said this week: “We ac­tu­ally knew Bal­four Beatty had pro­vi­sion­ally been awarded the con­tract a few weeks ago.

“I be­lieve the point here is that be­cause they are in­ca­pable of plan­ning any­thing tech­ni­cal them­selves, if the Sec­re­tary of State even­tu­ally says they are go­ing to progress the Stan­ford West site then they need the con­trac­tors to ac­tu­ally draw up the de­tailed plans which will be used as the ba­sis for the statu­tory con­sul­ta­tion.

“Iron­i­cally, whether it does go ahead or not a lot of pub­lic money will be spent just draw­ing up plans. This strikes me as quite odd given that High­ways Eng­land and the Depart­ment for Trans­port keep telling us that they have al­ready done lots of work prov­ing this is the only thing that will save us from the doom of Op­er­a­tion Stack. Ap­par­ently the op­po­site is true. They don’t even have a proper plan.”

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