"I am opposed to expansion of the Kent Science Park and opposed to massive housing developments south of the A2"
Cllr Mike Whiting prior to supporting HIF bid
Swale Borough Council
Leader of Swale Borough Council and Swale Forward
Believes that the Kent Science Park is the only way to bring high-quality jobs to Swale. Behind the drive for an A2/M2 link road and large-scale expansion of the park, not bothered about the science angle. Previously against the housing to fund the road, has now come clean on the premise that it is the only way to make housing affordable. Lobbied government to create new villages in Swale. In his term as leader, housing has become 50% less affordable than when he started.
Ex-Director of Regeneration
As a principal player behind the Wye Science Park scandal which involved, KCC, Ashford Borough Council, the Government Office for the South East (GOSE), South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), and Locate in Kent, Mr Raine will be forever associated with a scheme that collapsed under the weight of its own deceit.
Long time supporter of the Kent Science Park and previously headed up Locate in Kent a quango funded by the Kent Science Park
Kent County Council
Leader of KCC
Appears to fully support the Kent Science Park and has lobbied the Highways Agency on their behalf.
Deputy Leader of KCC
Publically stated his support for the Kent Science Park but isn't interested in it being a centre for science, just wants to create another Kings Hill business park in Swale. This view was also supported by Andrew Bowles.
Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP
MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Appears to support the expansion plans, A2/M2 link road and more housing beyond what the government agreed, but believes it should all be built in Faversham.
Ex-MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey
Has been very supportive and is against all aspects of the proposals by the Kent Science Park. Called the proposals 'bonkers'
Kent Science Park
Previous Site Director, Kent Science Park
Currently trying to persuade us that the M2/A2 link road and 5,000 houses are not part of their plans. Perhaps not but an essential byproduct nevertheless due to Government policy and a future commitment should the Council opt in favour of the expansion.
The Land Owners
Kent chairman of the National Farmers Union who owns farmland adjacent to the Kent Science Park. Advises Swale Borough Council on rural matters. Previously behind the controversial Medway Magna project, which included proposals for 9,200 homes on capstone valley. Leased land around Wye which was also a proposed site for a Science Park.
Owns most of the land associated with the Kent Science Park housing. Also behind the controversial Stones Farm development in Bapchild, and has future aspirations for a massive haulage depot at Hempstead Farm connected to the Northern Relief Road.
Government Quangos and Others
Ex Programme Director, Swale Forward
Swale Forward has promoted the enlarged science park and A2/M2 link road on the back of employment opportunities that are very unlikely to ever be met.
Chief Executive, Locate in Kent
A major supporter of the Kent Science Park who was responsible for producing so-called independent evidence on the number of employees for the Swale Local Plan public inquiry. When the evidence was challenged they were not able to support it due to its highly confidential nature. Draw your own conclusions.