Brexit uncertainty means plans for Operation Stack lorry park should 'push on at pace' Plans for a lorry park to ease the problems caused by Operation Stack should "push on at pace" due to uncertainty over Brexit, according to Kent County Council's transport chief.
The government first announced in 2015 it was to pledge 250m to build a holding area "the size of Disneyland" for lorries after the county was blighted by gridlock two years ago. It earmarked the village of Stanford, near Folkestone, just off the M20 as the ideal location for the park, but campaigners have vehemently opposed the move and launched a judicial review against the decision. However, that hearing has now been pushed back until later this year following Theresa May's announcement of a snap general election on June 8, meaning progress on the project has stalled in recent months. While Stack hasn't been in operation since the lorry park was first proposed, the prospect of a changing relationship with France under newly elected president Emmanuel Macron, as well as the need for Britain to negotiate free coach fashion outlet trade agreements with the European Union after Brexit, has sparked concern among many that there could be coach outlet stores williamsburg delays on a regular basis at Kent's ports. Addressing colleagues at the first full council meeting since the local elections on May 4, cabinet member for transport, Matthew Balfour, said: "KCC working with Shepway District Council continues to urge the Department for Transport and Highways England to work at pace to deliver a solution to Operation Stack. "I understand that Highways England have suspended all work coach leather handbags outlet until the outcome of the judicial review into the lawfulness of the decision of the secretary of state for the new lorry area to be created near Stanford to ease issues caused by Operation Stack is resolved. "The hearing was scheduled for June 27 this year however the DfT has advised that the judicial review has been adjourned at the request of the department and the claimant. "The department's reasoning for the adjournment request is to allow the new administration following the general election to have time to take a view and the June 27 hearing date left very little practical time for the government to do this. "I am not aware that a revised hearing date has been set yet, but the department has advised that it will not be before October." Elham Valley councillor Susan Carey suggested that the newly elected Kent County Council should "also be given the time to consider the need for this scheme, because it has been nearly two years without Operation Stack". In response, Cllr Balfour said: "It's fair to say there were a number of years previously when there were similar calm times.
"We're going into a period of some doubt as to our relationship with the continent and I have no guarantees that we're not going to have problems with HGVs backing up across our roads again, so I think we should push on at pace if such a thing exists in Highways England and that we should continue with this coach factory locations proposal.".
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