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Westenhanger's mysterious 'road to nowhere' off Stone Street

By Sean Axtell

A road to nowhere in a Kent village has left residents baffled because a junction seemingly turns directly into a hedge.

The mysterious markings and freshly laid tarmac appeared this week off Stone Street in Westenhanger, near the A20 junction.

Speculation hangs over the junction's purpose, which measures about seven metres across and includes a speed bump to the entrance.

Junction to nowhere - Stone Street
Junction to nowhere - Stone Street

Dog walker Michael Roberts of Dover Road in Folkestone said: "My wife and I joked that the only junction around here in good nick is the one that doesn't make any sense.

"I was up here last week and I'm pretty sure it wasn't here , it's not the kind of thing you miss.

"We've got no idea what it's for, but surely it can't be a mistake, can it?"

A number of Facebook users joked it's a useful spot for turning around before entering the village.

Another wryly added: "At least there's a speed bump to slow you down before hitting the fence."

More serious suggestions pointed the finger at Otterpool Park, Shepway council's looming proposals to build 12,000 homes around Folkestone Racecourse and other housing projects.

But on closer inspection it marks part of Holiday Extra's latest expansion plans detailed on the council's planning portal.

The tourism company, based around the corner in Ashford Road, in 2015 was given the nod for a 1,415 m sq office extension, 80 additional car park spaces and "new vehicular access to Stone Street."

It is unclear why the junction has been built before the office, car park and adjoining roads are finished.

Once complete the development will boost full-time workers from 324 to 444 and part-time staff from 98-120.

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