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MPtackles M20 noise pollution

MID Kent and Faversham MP Helen Whateley is pressing for improvements between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 to be included in the £1.1bn spending on roads announced in the Chancellor’sAu- tumn Statement.


from Holling- bourne and Harrietsham have been complaining about noise levels from lorries on the concrete sur- face of this

stretch since it was built in 1991. The M20 was the last motorway

in the country to be surfaced with ribbed concrete which is louder than tarmac. Unlike other sections, the one between junction 8 Maid- stone East (Lenham) and junction 9 for Ashford and Faversham has still not been resurfaced with material which causes less noise. Hollingbourne Parish Council said that successive governments

had promised to take action but had failed to do so. Mrs Whateley had promised in her 2015 general election address to pursue the mat- ter.

The MP called on the govern-

ment in January to improve noise pollution on the M20 after com- plaints from residents. She ob- tained confirmation that the government was committed to resurfacing the M20 between junc- tions 7 and 8 with noise-reducing material, but that there were no plans to resurface the road between junctions 8 and 9. This part would be retextured,

but Mrs Grant said this would im- prove safety, with little or no im- pact on noise. She said that residents had told

her how “noise from HGVs thun- dering down the M20 is blighting their lives” and it was getting worse every year as freight traffic increases. She said: “Just like Operation

Stack, people have been putting up with this for years, and it is time to get it sorted out.”

Allington Millennium Green Trust chairman Dr Brian Whitewith Lions’ presidentMalcolm Luxton and members Anita Crayford and Mike Williams

Lions help to restore garden

MAIDSTONE Lions group has given amuch-needed face-lift to a sunken garden in the town. The group responded to a call from the Allington Millennium Green

Trust for help to restore the central feature at the Green, off the London Road (the former site of the old Sharpes Toffee sports ground). Not only did the team help with the work, but gave a £600 donation towards it. The Trust will be placing a plaque in the green as a token of its thanks.

ZZ Top to play Ramblin’ Man

ZZ Top will headline next year's Ramblin' Man Fair in Maidstone amid an ongoing row about noise levels. The two-day festival will be held

in 450-acre Mote Park in July. This summer's event attracted thousands of rock fans to Mote Park but also drew stinging com- plaints about noise levels from res-

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