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PUBLISHED: 16:29 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 23 August 2010

PLANS for a lorry park to ease the misery of Operation Stack are unsustainable, unworkable and unsuitable, according to a green MEP. Kent County Council bosses have outlined plans to build the park near Ashford, with an aim to stop traffic problems whe

PLANS for a lorry park to ease the misery of Operation Stack are "unsustainable, unworkable and unsuitable," according to a green MEP.

Kent County Council bosses have outlined plans to build the park near Ashford, with an aim to stop traffic problems when lorries park on the M20 because of disruption to cross channel services.

However Dr Caroline Lucas, Green, MEP for the south-east, warned that both the current levels of freight traffic and the proposed lorry parks, which would hold more than 3,000 vehicles, are unacceptable.

She said: "Operation Stack has plagued Kent's roads for long enough. Whenever the cross channel transport packs up, local people must suffer long pile-ups of parked lorries and the frequent closure of the M20. However, the lorry parks planned by Kent County Council are simply not the answer, they are unsustainable, unworkable and unsuitable for the surrounding area." KCC plans are for a 70-acre site next to the M20 at Adlington. They will seek planning permission after a consultation period.

After the plans were revealed in March, Kent Campaign to Protect Rural England criticised the proposals, and urged the French and British governments to tackle the growth in road freight and to reduce the volume of it coming into the country.

KCC leader Paul Carter said: "We have got to solve two problems; Operation Stack and foreign lorry drivers parking in our lay-bys and villages overnight. The lorry park will provide secure overnight facilities for up to 500 vehicles and, only on the occasions when Operation Stack in invoked, expanding to accommodate a further 2,500 lorries. We are campaigning for a charge on foreign hauliers using UK roads.

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