RESIDENTS and businesses can learn more about the proposed HMRC customs facility due to open at North Weald Airfield.
The Inland Border Facility (IBF) will commence operations at the end of the Brexit Transition Period on 31 December.
Planning permission for the facility is due to be considered by Robert Jenrick MP – Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
HMRC anticipates that the facility could accommodate up to 53 HGV vehicles for customs checks at a time. The 24/7 facility is intended to help to ease the expected increase in demand at Dover and other channel ports from 1 January 2021. North Weald’s position, close to the M11 and M25 was instrumental in its selection.
HMRC has written to residents neighbouring North Weald Airfield. Full details of the proposals are available on a specially developed website. Electronic copies of an engagement leaflet included in the letter to neighbouring residents can also be viewed online.
Residents are invited to comment on the proposals until Thursday 29 October.
Our house and garden are on the A414 in Chipping Ongar , near the 4 Wantz roundabout. This is one of the mentioned routes. We are horrified at the prospect of these lorries Streaming past outside our home. The 24/7 aspect is particularly worrying. Our bedroom is on the road side. The bus stop that residents rely on is over the other side of the road. We walk along the road to reach the shops. We were not warned about this.
“If they get turned away at the gate where do they park? “We could have HGVs scattered all over the place. How do they control this 53 number and the lorries don’t run amok.”
I suggest that everyone who voted for this shambles are required to offer each & every lorry driver a place to stay and park while they wait in the queue. As Essex voted by a large majority for these Farage Garages to be created there shouls be plenty of parking spaces, and they should take responsability for their choices.
The alternative is a few Porta Potties to be installed. 53 lorries at a time, 24 hrs a day, not a pretty sight. Those who voted for this should volunteer to clean up the mess they created.
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