KCC shares business aims in Shepway

Contributed by editor on Oct 25, 2004 - 08:58 PM


Tell us what your priorities are and we will do all we can to help. That was the message from Kent County Council Leader, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart to a meeting of key business people in Shepway on Friday (22 October).

Sir Sandy told the Shepway Strategic Business Forum at Ashford International Airport, Lydd: "I cannot stress too highly the importance of business partnerships. They are an immensely helpful link between business and the County Council.

The County Council had put £100,000 into a study to improve transport links in Folkestone Town Centre, was taking forward with Roger De Haan the new Academy to improve skill levels and had already held several meetings with him, following his purchase of Folkestone Harbour.

Sir Sandy said, "Another vital area, is the Channel Tunnel Rail Link fast service from Folkestone to London. I have written to the Prime Minister to stress the utmost importance of delivering the new link o­n time in 2007. It plays a vital part in the regeneration of East Kent and was a commitment to the people of Kent."

The Leader said he was prepared to do all he could to open up European funding for local initiatives and to ensure Kent County Council supported and actioned the priorities of local businesses.