Kent Waste Recycling Centre

Plans for a new waste processing plant in countryside near Folkestone have been approved by Kent County Council, despite a campaign by people living near the proposed site.

More than 70 residents from Sellindge travelled by coach to County Hall in Maidstone to protest as councillors discussed the plans on Tuesday. They also handed over a petition, video and 39 page document setting out their case.

They say they are worried about smell, pollution and extra traffic to the area if the recycling centre is built on the Otterpool Quarry site on the A20 Ashford road in Sellindge.

Kent County Council says the centre will be on a brownfield site, and will help reduce landfill. It's proposed the site will deal with around 75,000 tonnes of waste from the East Kent area each year.

The plan still needs to be agreed by the Environment Agency. Local residents say they will continue their fight.