It was fantastic to break ground on Thursday for the launch event for the new Betteshanger Sustainable Parks project.
The £40 million project aims to regenerate the area around the former Betteshanger Colliery, which closed in 1989. Backed by Hadlow College, the scheme will turn a brownfield site into a sustainable energy park, with a focus on green technology and renewable energy.
The park is set to open its doors in early 2016 and will lead to around 1,000 new jobs in the area. I am now urging Chancellor, George Osborne, to make the new park part of the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone.
I'm immensely supportive of this project – it shows Dover, Deal and the White Cliffs are open for business. We cannot change what happened at Betteshanger in the past, but we can help make a brighter future. This project will bring more jobs and money to our corner of Kent and I'm very optimistic about the kind of economic future we can make in our area.
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