Coun­cil draws up bat­tle plan

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The war of words be­tween towns over who gets plum jobs has boiled over. Ash­ford coun­cil claims Maid­stone, Ton­bridge and West Malling are en­tic­ing in­dus­try to their ar­eas and ask­ing Ash­ford to be their dor­mi­tory. This is the real rea­son why Ash­ford bor­ough is be­ing called on to pro­vide an­other 2,000 homes by the year 2001 on top of the 9,000 it has al­ready agreed to, say the coun­cil­lors. At Thurs­day’s meet­ing of Ash­ford coun­cil, Cllr John Simpson ac­cused county de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Michael Odling, who rep­re­sents Ton­bridge, of “bam­boo­zling” through Kent’s “last-minute” de­ci­sion to in­crease Ash­ford’s hous­ing tar­get. Cllr Simpson said West Malling Air­field could have be­come a hous­ing es­tate but, just af­ter Ash­ford landed the Trin­ity Col­lege Science Park, mid-Kent coun­cils had con­nived with the county coun­cil to get a science park at the air­field and snaf­fle busi­ness.

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