Wednesday, 11 June 2008

NO TO JUNCTION 10a, M20

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday 11th June 2008 – 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
NB This release may be printed as a letter at the discretion of the recipient, where appropriate

NO JUNCTION 10a M20
Kent Green Party objects to the creation of a new Junction 10A on the M20. This proposal is now the subject of a Highways Agency consultation. This proposed road building would permit a massive expansion of Ashford’s housing on to greenfield sites. The consultation ignores the current state of the housing market, which is in steep decline. Steve Dawe(1) comments:
“Kent Green Party opposes further expansion of Ashford. We object to the loss of agricultural land to road building, and to any building on greenfield sites. The Highways Agency, and the Government, have ignored objections to expansion placed by people in Ashford. They are also choosing to ignore the steep decline in the sale of homes at present. Since 9 out of 10 homes are built by the private sector, they are hardly going to build homes for which there are no buyers.
“Ashford Borough Council should only be obliged to meet local housing demand. The Government should be directing development into the poorest parts of the country, not the driest. Further expansion of Ashford would require a new Motorway junction to allow access to large greenfield site areas for house building. We urge people to object by filling in the Highways Agency questionnaire at: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/5703.aspx
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. Steve Dawe shares the post of South East Green Party Speaker on Housing, Planning and Development with Keith Bothwell.

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