We shouldn’t miss busi­ness chance

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

East Kent needs to at­tract en­ter­prises ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment.

Key to that is ac­ces­si­bil­ity. The lo­gis­tics for the re­gion are poor, even for firms ex­port­ing up to half their prod­uct pro­duced.

The good news is that the third Thames cross­ing is pro­gress­ing and this will make east Kent much more at­trac­tive for do­ing busi­ness.

The bad news is that Thanet Dis­trict Council is not sup­port­ing Manston as an avi­a­tion freight hub.

Propos­ing to in­clude Manston in the Lo­cal Plan for ex­ten­sive res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment is re­ally neg­a­tive and hope­fully will never hap­pen.

Manston could be the key to un­lock the door to jobs and pros­per­ity.

In Can­ter­bury the re­tail sec­tor is un­der pres­sure. Council pro­pos­als to ex­tend traf­fic re­stric­tion (Palace Street Kings Mile-style) to more roads in the City is a very costly scheme which will achieve only in­creased frus­tra­tion for many, and not im­prove busi­ness. In­creas­ing the bus lanes and as a re­sult fur­ther re­strict­ing traf­fic will not help ei­ther.

The much-needed multi-storey car park for Can­ter­bury West re­mains a repet­i­tive dream.

Build­ing homes with­out in­fra­struc­ture is not go­ing to im­prove res­i­dents’ en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially if not matched with a job op­por­tu­nity.

We need ac­ces­si­bil­ity to be im­proved, not re­stricted. Lo­cal res­i­dents need to be ac­tively en­gag­ing with what is hap­pen­ing all around us. We need to get to work, get our

Cllr David Hirst (Ukip), Green­hill ward

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