25th July 2012
Maidstone Greens have vowed to be in the front line of the fight against the junction 8 development being dubbed as 'Son of KIG'. The plan for an industrial park covering a quarter of the site that was proposed for the Kent International Gateway is being discussed at Maidstone Borough Council’s Cabinet meeting tomorrow (25th July).
The 25 hectare site is in the Kent Downs AONB and was the subject of a two year campaign by local residents and other local organisations including the local Green Party and local Conservative Party to prevent it becoming a huge industrial park. The Conservatives are now proposing a similar but smaller development on the site.
Ciaran Oliver, Maidstone Green Party: “Bearsted residents feel betrayed by the Conservatives. After they marched and demonstrated alongside Bearsted residents, and other groups including the Green Party, it beggars belief that the Tories now suggest that the land should be developed.
” The scale of this disloyalty to Bearsted residents and to fellow campaigners is immense. There is a real sense of shock that the council can spend £2m fighting an industrial park development in 2009 only to propose a similar one three years later. Their support for the StopKIG campaign now seems like hollow electioneering.
” This industrial park must not be allowed to go ahead. Maidstone Greens will be in the front line of the fight to stop it.”