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From the Courier, October 3rd. 1997

A21 on agenda.

 By Claire Foy-Smith

WORK to stop the proposed A21 six-lane dual carriageway across Castle Hill gathered momentum on Tuesday with the second meeting of the Stop The Road pressure group.

Campaigners are compiling their response to the Department of the Environment, Transport, and the Regions consultation document on plans to upgrade the A21 with a new stretch of road between Tonbridge and the Pembury bypass. The consultation document is part of the search for the Government’s white paper on an integrated transport strategy for Britain due to be published in the spring. “Our main aim is to stop the six-lane trunk road from being built. The secondary aim is to consider alternatives,” said Andrew Lohmann, Southborough town councillor and founder member of the group. He added it would be putting forward a range of alternatives from a more modest widening scheme to improvements in rail transport. Opponents to the new road, which has been put on hold by the Government while it carries out the review have a string of objections. These range from environmental concerns about the irreversible scar it would create on the landscape to pollution worries and the view that to carry on building roads is not the answer. Working with similar pressure groups from Brighton and Hastings, who are also affected by road widening plans, Stop the Road will have the consultation documents in by the November 14 deadline. Mr Lohmann said new members were welcome to join the group which meets at the Baden Powell Hall, Andrew Road, High Brooms, on Tuesday evenings.

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