Recently a member of Shepwayvox attended the exhibition at Willesborough Community Forum It was all about the new development of Junction 10A M20 which is to be built at a cost of £60.9-£85.5 Million. After reading all the available material we have come to the conclusion that the only reason for junction 10A to be built is to assist the development of Sevington to accommodate what is believed to be an Amazon Warehouse.
As many of you who already commute by car know, J10 can be a nightmare in the mornings and evenings even after the so called “improvements”. Congestion will be moved, not reduced, pollution will increase, noise will increase, traffic will increase and the warehouse will be operational with 24 hour access for lorries in and out.
Access to the M20 Southbound will be via junction 10A, not J10, and the exit from the M20 Northbound will be via J10A, with a roundabout on Bad Munstreifel Road. This will greatly disrupt access for ambulances to the William Harvey’s A&E department, potentially putting lives of loved ones at risk. Our member questioned the Highways England representative about the access road from J10A to the hospital, and they explained they were concerned about this but William Harvey hospital chiefs, when we spoke with dismissed any concerns and said categorically the development would NOT put any lives at risk.
Remember people Margate, Canterbury and Ashford A & E departments are earmarked for closure, with at least one, possibly two, definitely going to close. This is being explained away as cost cutting efficiency, as part of the Tory government’s austerity measures. And yet the same Tory government is offering to pay for an access road to the warehouse at a cost of £17million to you the taxpayer.
It is also worth noting that an Amazon warehouse will probably offer a few pennies more than the minimum wage; which will means jobs are further propped up by the taxpayer through working tax credits, which could reduce the average wage for Ashford, particularly for postal workers and delivery drivers, and that Amazon pays little tax in the UK.
Junction 10A and the warehouse are a perfect demonstration of how Big Business gets what it wants and get us the Taxpayer to pay for it.
This Tory government is deliberately putting lives at risk in order to pass taxpayer’s money to a Tax Dodging Company. Do we need the warehouse? Do we need junction10A?
Finally if Operation Stack has to be used during this disruptive development what further congestion and misery will it bring for commuters and to the area up down the M20 corridor?