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KENT CC TO ENCOURAGE COMMUTERS FROM FRANCE

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Kent CC wants to relocate 10,000 households to France, to help it ...
Kent CC wants to relocate 10,000 households to France, to help it

accommodate the extra homes scheduled for the county, BBC Radio Four's Today

programme reported this morning.

A deal with Eurotunnel could provide cheap fares for commuters who would

live in the Pas de Calais and work in Kent, Today said.

Under government plans, Kent is due to accommodate an extra 116,000 homes

over the next few years. Alex King, county council cabinet member for

regeneration, told Today this would be the equivalent of imposing a city the

size of Nottingham on the county.

'The people of Kent have a right to expect that we look at every option to

mitigate the effect,' he said.

Mr King said there are already people who commute between Kent and France on

a weekly basis.

'It's not beyond the leap of imagination to see ways and means, provided

there is sufficient capacity in the tunnel, for a much greater number of

people to move across, with a consequent reduction in fare costs,' he said.

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