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David Jason joins village campaign
David Jason
David Jason has become one of UK television's most famous faces
Actor David Jason has joined a campaign against a waste recycling plant being built in a picturesque Kent village.

Pluckley was home to his TV series The Darling Buds of May and he has said he fears for the village if the plant is built.

Residents are opposing plans to open a waste plant on the site of the village's former brickworks.

They have said the prospect of hundreds of lorries passing through Pluckley to the plant would destroy its rural charm.

The village, near Ashford, was used for filming of the television adaptation of HE Bates' Darling Buds of May novels in the early 1990s.

If I had Catherine Zeta Jones' email address I'm sure we could get her to support us as well
Alan Davies, Pluckley Parish Council
David Jason played the central character Pop Larkin, famous for his catchphrase "perfick", with a young Catherine Zeta Jones as his daughter Mariette.

Jackie Grebby, who lives in Pluckley, said: "The village has remained unchanged since the filming of the Darling Buds of May and as David Jason would say it's 'perfick'.

"Can you imagine what it would be like with hundreds of lorries coming through here every day?

"We get visitors to Pluckley from the world over, what are they going to think.

"What has upset nearly everybody is that there has been no consultation at all."

Tourists still come to the village to see where the series was filmed

The owner of the brickworks has not had to consult locals or apply for planning permission to change the site into a waste recycling plant because it is not classified as a major change of use.

Had it applied to build homes or offices on the land, it would have needed planning permission.

Councillor Alan Davies, from Pluckley Parish Council, has helped set up a fighting fund, led campaigning and contacted Mr Jason to ask for his support.

He said: "David Jason gave us his support last week, which was very nice.

"If I had Catherine Zeta Jones' email address I'm sure we could get her to support us as well."

Mr Jason, who has also starred in Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge and A Touch of Frost, wrote to the campaigners: "While appreciating that waste needs to be disposed of, it would be a tragedy if such a beautiful area of England were spoiled."

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