KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday 20th March 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
NO LORRY PARKS FOR KENT
Kent can do without the proposed lorry parks for Aldington and elsewhere given the limited size of the Aldington site. This is possible if the Government charges foreign lorries in line with EU law. Since it is EU policy that goods traveling more than 400 km should use rail and canal and only be on roads for part of their journey, it would be appropriate to protect Kent from foreign HGVs by charging HGVs as much as possible. Since a single 44 tonne HGV does as much damage to roads in a year as 100,000 family cars, there is good reason to charge HGVs. ‘Operation Stack’ should become ‘Operation Brit Disc.’ Hazel Dawe, South East Green Party Speaker on Europe comments:
“If Governments like those of France, Switzerland and Austria have cut use of HGVs on their roads by legally charging foreign lorries, then for the British Government to decline to do so is an abdication of responsibility. During 17 years living in Austria, I was very conscious of the way that charging HGVs helped to keep their numbers down. This is a matter of political will and as usual the Government is found lacking.”
Steve Dawe comments:
“There is no reason to hand over valuable land to lorry parking. We need to challenge lorry movements at source by forcing hauliers and freight forwarding companies to use roads as little as possible. Containers can be moved by ship and rail and need not all move through Kent either.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Hazel or Steve Dawe at 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 (local call rate). Mobiles: Hazel: 0794 4471 083; Steve: 07747 036192. Hazel Dawe is also Chair, Kent Green Party. Steve Dawe is Press Officer for Kent Green Party.