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Kent MP Opposes Freight Depot Proposal - 4772/8707
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 20th November 2007

A Kent MP has written to a local council to oppose controversial plans to build a rail and road freight depot (link below.)

Hugh Roberston claims the proposals for Bearsted will blight the countryside and increase road congestion.

The Faversham and Mid Kent MP has joined thousands of local people in objecting to the plans that will see a depot built on 270 acres of farmland.

Developers said the Kent International Gateway plan would create 3,500 jobs and remove lorries from the roads.

A decision on the site , which lies to the west of junction eight of the M20 , is not expected until February at the earliest.

Re: Kent MP Opposes Freight Depot Proposal - 4772/8866
Written by Lee on Friday, 30th November 2007

More than 3,500 people have made their views known in a public consultation (link below.)

Re: Kent MP Opposes Freight Depot Proposal - 4772/9620
Written by Lee on Thursday, 24th January 2008

Proposals for the interchange on a site in Bearsted, just off the M20, have been submitted but the Highways Agency has demanded more information (link below.)

Developers say the Kent International Gateway (KIG) plan will create 3,500 jobs and remove lorries from the roads.

KIG has been asked to supply more detail on the impact the site will have on traffic and roads.

The new information required is in addition to the extra information previously requested by Maidstone Borough Council.

As a result of the direction, the application will not now be decided by the council by the original deadline of 13 February.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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