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Waste station plans will make country lane a traffic nightmare

PUBLISHED: 12:31 13 August 2010 | UPDATED: 12:32 13 August 2010

The business unit on Queens Farm Lane, Shorne set to become a waste transfer station

The business unit on Queens Farm Lane, Shorne set to become a waste transfer station

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Residents and parish councillors have vowed to fight plans for a large waste station in the middle of green belt land which will process more than 55,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.

If plans for the commercial and industrial waste transfer site at the bottom of Queen’s Farm Road, Shorne are given the go ahead, up to 24 heavy good vehicles would be using small country lanes leaving and visiting the unit everyday.

Shorne Parish Council says it is “determined” to fight the proposals, submitted by Gravesend based company RS Skips, and will take it protests to Kent County Council Planning Committee on September 7.

It comes just months after plans for a new Thames river crossing built near the villages of Higham and Shorne was unveiled by Kent County council leader Paul Carter, which, if given the go ahead, could see hundreds of cars and lorries on new roads linking north Kent to Tilbury in Essex.

Robin Theobald, head of Shorne Planning committee and Gravesham borough councillor for the area is also chairman of the Dickens Country Protection Society, which campaigns to protect the area of north Kent.

He said: “This is green belt land, surrounded by the marshes which are environmentally protected.

“This application won’t affect the marshes, but it will cause serious problems should it be passed. We will be going to county hall to fight this.

“It is quite a small site so as soon as they wanted to increase production, that must mean more vehicles. This would only be the start.

“It is just completely unsuitable for this area and we are determined to fight this.”

The plan is to use unit four of the Apex Business Park at the northern end of the road to collect and sort the construction waste so it can be recycled.

Residents who live along the main road to the site, reacted with horror to the plans.

Janette King, 47, of Queen’s Farm Road said: “It has got more and more busy since we moved here four years ago. It can be really dangerous.

“We are waiting for someone to come through into our lounge or end up in the field. I don’t want it to get any busier down here. You have people riding horses, hikers and dog walkers and you think it is an accident waiting to happen.”

Neighbour Jenny Weston, 36, has lived on the road seven years. She said: “It has been getting busier and busier here in the last couple of years.

“Some of the larger vehicles, you wonder how they get here in the first place because it is so narrow around here, with that number of lorries it will be a nightmare.”

Terry Peyto, 22, and John Broom, 30, have just moved to the road. Mr Peyto said: “We knew nothing about it.

“It is a real worry. These are old houses so you hear the traffic at the best of times but lorries will be awful.”

Sukh Randhawa of RS Skips defended the plan. He said: “We are just a small family business. We are doing our bit for the environment. Waste has got to go somewhere from Gravesend. We are trying to recycle our waste rather than a lot of campanies that might just dump it.”

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