Romney Marsh - 40 business site employing 700 jobs set for bright future

Contributed by editor on Feb 11, 2017 - 05:05 PM

Shepway District Council and Magnox Ltd have jointly funded studies to looks at best options to exploit the potential of the council-owned site at Mountfield Road, New Romney.



A six-hectare plot of land in New Romney looks set for a bright future attracting new businesses and creating more jobs on Romney Marsh.


Photo from left to right: Graham Hammond, Senior Economic Development Officer Shepway District Council, Haf Morris from Magnox, Cllr John Collier, Shepway’s Cabinet Member for the District Economy and Cllr Roger Wilkins, Chairman of the Romney Marsh Partnership.

The studies will look at what utilities and infrastructure are needed, the costs of developing plots, designing and building space for expanding businesses, as well as options for a new business hub and skills centre.

It could, when developed, provide up to 20,000 square metres of new space for up to 40 businesses and 700 jobs.

The council is contributing £35,000 towards the project and this is being match-funded by a £35,000 grant from Magnox Ltd through its socio-economic fund.

“This shows our determination to strengthen the economy of the Marsh, support businesses and create jobs for local people.” Cllr John Collier, Shepway’s Cabinet Member for the District Economy.

Haf Morris from Magnox said: “The potential output from this project fits with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s aim to mitigate the socio-economic impact in the area. It’s also important not to work in isolation and working with the Romney Marsh Partnership and Shepway District Council on this and other projects is key to a successful outcome. We look forward to reviewing the final reports and the next steps.”

Cllr Roger Wilkins, Chairman of the Romney Marsh Partnership, said: “The Romney Marsh Partnership brings together the public and private sector to help build a strong economy for the Marsh. Mountfield Road is a key employment site and this work is a major step forward.”

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