Why I am backing new Tunbridge Wells Science Park proposal

Sheridan Bowie’s plans published in the Courier for a Colebrook Science Park on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells should be welcomed.

We urgently need more science and hi-tech jobs, as well as apprenticeships, and this scheme could therefore be ideal.

Provided the A21 widening goes ahead, and this development is connected by a frequent shuttle bus with nearby High Brooms station, then I can foresee few problems with increased road traffic.

One of the So Make A Difference visions for the town which I backed was for a university campus.

If the Colebrook site could be used to develop medical breakthroughs with our local hospital facilities, as well as agricultural crop improvements with neighbouring researchers such as in Hadlow and East Malling, we could really have a campus of lasting benefit both to West Kent and beyond.

Some years ago, Sir Bob Geldof, who also lives near Faversham, was involved in just such a proposal at Wye in East Kent.

Sadly that project failed to get planning approval, mainly due to local objections, in a time of lower unemployment, but perhaps Sir Bob and others could be approached again for financial backing by Mr Bowie?


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