A giant Brexit fleet of ‘as bright as Wembley Stadium’ towers over the Kent night sky and ruins the views of hundreds of people.
The border facility, which is still under construction, was set up by the government to contain around 1,700 trucks in the event of border disruption after the UK left the single market.
But locals have complained that the bright lights in the truck fleet are on 24/7 and have reported that satellite navigation issues routinely see heavy truck drivers wreaking havoc when they attempt to get through. navigate the narrow streets of the villages.
Questions have also been raised as to why a study on the site’s environmental impact has not yet been released by the government.
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The Department of Transportation (DfT) said it was aware of residents’ concerns and had “acted to minimize disruption”.
Although officially referred to as an “internal border facility,” nearly 29,000 people have signed a petition calling for it to be named Nigel Farage.
The controversial truck fleet is located next to the M20 in Sevington, Ashford, and is currently used as a Covid-19 test site for carriers as well as for HMRC checks.
Mandy Rossi, who lives near Willesborough, told the Palestinian Authority that the internal border facility is “awfully ugly” and has taken “a huge massive chunk” of the landscape.
The local Green Party coordinator said the bright lights could be seen up to four miles away.
“It’s just this huge lighted area,” she said.
“The lights can be seen for miles and are as bright as Wembley Stadium.
“If you go to Wye, which is on top of the hill, at night all you can see is the truck park.”
People living near the site have also complained that the trucks receive the site’s postcode but get lost in the village of Mersham.
Rossi added: “It is not designed for heavyweights.
“We have had reports of people demolishing walls, damage to cars, blocking trucks.”
She also criticized the refusal of the Ministry of Transport (DfT) to publish the results of an environmental impact study carried out in connection with the site.
“There is a huge environmental impact, and we have the right to know,” she added.
Local councilor Paul Bartlett, whose garden is 25 meters from the truck park, told the PA that it was a “rocky road”, with things going right and wrong.
“I think we have to accept that this development has been done at a pace, to put it mildly.
“I guess the biggest problem is the trucks looking for the fleet of trucks and having a hard time finding it,” he said.
He said heavy goods vehicles arrive in the village only to find they cannot get to the site and then have to turn around on the narrow roads.
He said this disturbed the villagers and called on the DfT to “get on top” of the issue.
Asked about light pollution, the Conservative adviser said it has had “a dramatic detrimental effect on the dark skies we are used to”.
Bartlett pointed out that the truck fleet has been built to DfT standards, while local developments reviewed by Ashford Borough Council have to comply with various stringent lighting regulations.
Looking ahead, he said he saw a “real desire” in DfT to hear concerns and take action on them.
A spokesperson for the DfT said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns and have taken action to minimize disruption by turning off the lights in one of the more public sections of the site and ordering a detailed lighting survey to better understand the problem and develop a plan to address it. ”