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Villagers urged to back Kent County Council


RESIDENTS of Ryarsh are being urged to back the county council in writing after it agreed to leave a proposed sandpit in the village out of its plans.

The idea of a pit in Roughetts Road was dropped from KCC’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan after campaigning led to 1,299 letters of objection, a 3,615-signature petition and a Commons’ debate by Tom Tugendhat MP.

The Ryarsh Protection Group (RPG), which has highlighted villagers' opposition, says residents now need to endorse the county council move in its latest consultation, which concludes on March 8.

It will be offering advice on how residents can easily respond in writing during a public meeting at Ryarsh Church Hall on Tuesday, February 12, from 7.30pm.

RPG member Oonagh Boyle said: “Our community has been extremely proactive in making its case and we are pleased the county council has concluded that the proposed M8 pit is inappropriate.

“We are rightly proud that our voices have been heard. But it is now very important that residents write and show they support this latest draft. The responses received will be included in a recap report that KCC will present to the public inspector – who must determine the KCC Local Plan’s is legally compliant and sound - so it is very important.”

The site that is proposed for the Ryarsh sandpit.

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