Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon has today expressed his serious concerns about the Government’s plans to turn the M26 into a lorry park in the event of a no deal Brexit.
The move would close the motorway from 8pm to 5am every night between 15th and 19th October, and 19th November and 29th March 2019. Ministers failed to consult local councils and MPs.
Sir Michael said: “It is wholly unacceptable that residents were not consulted on these proposals, which will have severe pollution and noise consequences for my constituents’ evening travel and access for local businesses. Any lorry parking will cause significant disruption for those in Dunton Green, north Sevenoaks, Otford, Seal and Kemsing. I have urged the Transport Secretary to reconsider these plans and meet me at the earliest opportunity to find an alternative solution.”
HW Coldbreath Butchers is a historic firm which traces its origins to 1861. The business, now run by Master Butcher Robert Martin, is being expanded with support from Barclays. It closed recently for refurbishment for several weeks but it is now back in action with more space and better equipment.
Robert was trained by his late father, Chris, who had over 40 years’ experience in supplying premium quality meat and poultry having taken over the business in 1976.
Michael performed the re-opening ceremony, congratulated Robert and his team on the new look premises and wished them well for the future.
The Martin family has a prize-winning herd of cattle based at Ightham which provides the business with its own home-grown beef. Their commitment to quality means that they have expanded beyond their loyal local customer base and now supply the National Trust, local independent schools, restaurants and golf clubs. They also have a popular catering service which specialises in hog roasts – one of which was being put on at the time of the re-opening.