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Solution to Operation Stack will be announced ‘within weeks’ says Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins


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Long-term solutions to Operation Stack are expected to be proposed in a matter of weeks.

Recommendations are due to be published “in the next few weeks” following a summer of negotiations, Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins said.

It follows more misery for people in Hawkinge and other areas, with HGVs parking in residential areas, causing sleepless nights for residents with drivers arriving late at night, keeping their engines running in the early hours of the morning and blocking the roads.

Eric Moloney took these photos of lorries parking outside his house in Hawkinge
Eric Moloney took these photos of lorries parking outside his house in Hawkinge

Hurricane Way is used by lorries, which can park there because there are no restrictions.

Resident Eric Moloney said: “The nursing home further along from me has the trucks using the car park as a turning point, which obviously has an effect on the residents.

“They reverse up, making noise as some have reversing horns on them, with this going on at all hours of the night.

“I’ve been woken up at 3am on a regular basis. Some start their engines at 4am or 5am, running their engines for 20 minutes to build up pressure, which in turn wakes people up.

“I try to park my car as close to my bedroom window even though my parking bay is round the back of the block of flats.

“It is now a regular thing as they know they can park here without any restrictions.”

Mr Collins said this was one of two priorities, with the other being finding a long-term answer to Operation Stack.

Damian Collins
Damian Collins

Mr Collins said: “We want to get the lorries parked in appropriate places out of the community. Hawkinge has suffered, Sellindge has, and the areas around junction 11, with lorries parking up wherever they feel like it.

“The best way to do that is to have places we can direct the lorries to go to and have an order in place where we can enforce that and fine lorries that don’t comply. There are certain areas more blighted because they’re close to the motorway and on routes lorries might use.

“Unfortunately some will just park up anywhere they can to avoid having to pay for overnight charges, and they’re not concerned about the impact it has on the local community. It’s not fair for the community to suffer in this way and that’s why we want a proper system in place.”

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