Thursday, 21 August 2008

DOVER: OVER-DEVELOPMENT MEANS TRAFFIC GRID LOCK

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday 21st August 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 079444 71083

DOVER:OVER-DEVELOPMENT MEANS TRAFFIC GRID LOCK

Kent Green Party is concerned that current plans for Dover will lead to serious traffic grid lock, traffic congestion and more air pollution. Expansion of housing, the Port and a proposed incinerator will all contribute. Kent Green Party campaigners will be in the Biggin Street area of Dover from 12.30 on Saturday August 30th to petition the public and talk to people about Dover’s future. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“Significant expansion of housing, extending the Port and a proposed incinerator all have one thing in common: promising a dramatic increase in the traffic levels of the Dover district. Kent Green Party has already objected to large increase in Dover’s housing allocation (1) on grounds of using greenfield sites and adding to traffic. Similarly, increases in heavy goods vehicles going through Dover at a rate of about 7-8% more each year (2) cannot and should not be accommodated. Dover already has an extensive Air Quality Management Area due to a combination of traffic and shipping emissions.

“We note that Kent County Council has reserved preferred incinerator sites at the former Tilmanstone Colliery site near Eythorne, the former Richborough Power site north of Sandwich and also the White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield. Having admitted that the Allington incinerator is an economic and technical failure near Maidstone, the County Council appears to wish to repeat its mistake in the Dover district. Building an incinerator conflicts with recycling targets and will generate thousands of heavy goods vehicle movements a year.

“We suggest that Dover District Council in cooperation with the County Council, the South East England Development Agency, the Environment Agency and other suitable bodies commission a Strategic Environmental Assessment (3) of the traffic implications of key proposed developments in the Dover district over the next 15 years at least. Such an assessment should be designed provide guidance about how to reduce traffic levels, cut air pollution and restrict heavy goods vehicle movements throughout the district.” Ends

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 079444 71083. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. See submission at: http://www.kentgreenparty.org/resources/kent/dover_ldf_sub.pdf
2. See the Kent Local Transport Plan (on-line) for more details.
3. Strategic Environmental Assessment has been implemented by the EU as a policy, but is under-utilised by British local government. Most environmental impact assessments are carried out at the project level; eg the individual road project. SEAs look at the <<3p>> level: policies, plans, programmes. This is important because of the limitations of project-oriented assessments, which severely limit the scope for meaningful public participation.....There are two main types of SEAs: incremental assessments are similar to project-oriented ones, starting with the projects and projecting their consequences, giving a more comprehensive picture and a better coverage of alternatives.....target-oriented assessments start with environmental policy targets...making the choice of projects, alternatives and mitigative measures contingent on achieving these targets. Based on Karl Georg Hoyer: Concrete Action, news on european transport projects and actions to resist them (Issue 6, June-August 1995, produced by Nature and Youth, Oslo). See also: Therivel, Riki, Wilson, Elizabeth, Thompson, Stewart, Heaney, Donna, Pritchard, David, 1992,Strategic Environmental Assessment. London: Earthscan.

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