ABC in­sists Ama­zon is not com­ing to bor­ough

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) is stand­ing firm and let­ting peo­ple know that Ama­zon is NOT com­ing to Ash­ford.

Ru­mours resur­faced over the week­end that the on­line re­tailer was plan­ning to move into a gi­ant new ware­house in Sev­ing­ton fol­low­ing a re­lease from the trade union GMB.

The work­ers’ union sug­gested that High­ways Eng­land was cre­at­ing the new junc­tion 10a off the M20 “to en­able ac­cess to the new Ama­zon ware­house”.

A GMB state­ment said: “Tax­dodg­ing Ama­zon will get a fur­ther grant of £17 mil­lion from the govern­ment to build their ware­house.”

The Ken­tish Ex­press re­ported that Ama­zon was com­ing to the town in 2014, af­ter a leaked ABC doc­u­ment seemed to con­firm the news in writ­ing.

How­ever, since then, the coun­cil has said that the ad­di­tion of ‘Ama­zon’ on the doc­u­ment was a mis­take.

This week, an ABC spokesman re­it­er­ated: “We have re­peat­edly said that we do not know who the po­ten­tial oc­cu­piers of the planned site will be – and that still re­mains the po­si­tion. We can con­firm, how­ever, that it is not Ama­zon.

“Ama­zon has also con­firmed sev­eral times that the com­pany has no in­ter­est in the site.

“It is re­gret­table that the GMB con­tinue to ig­nore this fact.”

Pic­ture: Hobbs Parker

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Sev­ing­ton de­vel­op­ment

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