Eric Bourne is one of Rye’s present day characters. He is as well known in Rye as his father and grandfather before him. One of the toughest business men in the town for many years, he, with the help of brother Roy, transformed the four vehicle removal company into the massive International Movers, employing over 100 people, that it is today. Continue reading Rye Characters of the Present Number Three – Eric Bourne
SOS Kent’s Survey Results Taken at Highway England Exhibition / Consultations
Survey highlights public anger over government’s Kent lorry park scheme
A survey about the government’s £250 million scheme to build a 250 acre lorry park in Kent shows huge public anger and opposition to the development.
90 per cent of respondents to a survey carried out by the SOS Kent campaign group declared themselves opposed to the multi-million pound scheme. Volunteers from the campaign captured the views of more than 80 per cent of those attending eight public exhibitions held in East Kent to present information about the development. SOS Kent opposes plans by the government and Highways England to build the lorry park just off the M20 at Stanford. The campaign group is calling for smarter options to resolve traffic problems caused by cross-Channel disruption and rejects the authorities’ claims the lorry park will solve Operation Stack. Continue reading 90% Opposed to Lorry Park
It seems that there is a large stirring of discontent in the hills and valleys around Sellindge and other villages near Hythe.
Hythe MP, Damian Collins, is coming under heavy criticism from many of his erstwhile supporters because he is apparently backing the building of a Lorry Park for over 3,000 Heavy Goods Vehicles and the construction of 12,000 houses on local green fields.
Many residents are so angry about his non interest in their protest movement, that has already conducted two massive marches to draw attention to their grievances, they have now turned on him with a direct plea for voters to remember his actions and vote him out the next time he stands for election.
This Article was Reprinted by kind permission of the Civic Trust and Architects Journal in the “Rye’s Own” July 1968 edition.
Rye on the Short List for Preservation CBA list of historic towns
In 1964 the Council for British Archaeology issued a memorandum drawing attention to the implications of the Buchanan report, Traffic in towns, for preserving ‘historic town plans’ and buildings. The memorandum also promised a list of towns in Britain, the historic quality of which particularly required careful treatment in planning or redevelopment proposals. This list of historic towns was subsequently published in July 1965. The council’s list contains 324 towns of which 51 were considered to be of special importance Continue reading Rye on Short List for Preservation
Lorries are being parked on large sections of the M20 in a queue that, at times, has stretched from Folkestone to Maidstone. It is taking as long as 18 hours to get to the Channel Tunnel terminus or the Ferry Port of Dover. Lorry drivers are furious at the slow response of authorities as the traffic jams hold the area in gridlock. The A20, which is taking all non continental lorries and smaller vehicles, is almost at a standstill on occasions and many other road uses have been trapped at home for most of July. Continue reading Operation Stack