This evening I attended a public meeting in Aylesford regarding the upgrading of noise barriers between Junctions 4 and 5 on the M20. Previously the Highways Agency were intending to progress with works with very little consultation with local residents and were proposing to remove much of the vegetation between the motorway and the barriers. This has now been dropped thanks to the hard work and persistence of local councillors Dave Smith and John Balcombe, as well as the huge protest from residents. Now it appears that only a few trees will be felled although some will be subject to coppicing. Depending on how quickly the proposals are agreed work could begin in the next few weeks, otherwise with Christmas looming the work will be postponed until January.
Further work on the planned improvements can be found HERE.