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Discovery Park key to East Kent’s future

Discovery Park in Sandwich is key to East Kent’s future, according to local business people.

Almost two thirds (63%) of businesses that responded to a survey, conducted by Crowe Clark Whitehill at the recent East Kent B2B Exhibition, identified the science and technology park as the most important for the area’s future.

Darren Rigden, Partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill, the national audit, tax and advisory firm with offices in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, said: “While recognising that the survey is only a snapshot of local business it does show how far Discovery Park has come in the relatively short time since Pfizer announced it was closing the site. The new owners must be congratulated.

“East Kent is emerging as a serious business location and it’s no surprise when you see the facilities available here and take into account the easy access to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.”

The survey also asked respondents if Manston being developed as a business park would benefit their business with 61 per cent saying yes.

The former airport was closed in May 2014 and has been renamed Stone Hill Park. Owners Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave, who also own Discovery Park, have plans for an advanced manufacturing park, 2,500 houses and sporting facilities. Meantime, Thanet District Council has been investigating the possibility of compulsory purchasing the 800-acre site, together with an indemnity partner, with a view to reopening it as a working airport.

Darren Rigden added: “Manston is a big issue locally that has now been on-going for some 18 months. Thanet and East Kent needs it to be resolved one way or another and according to our survey, most people see the value of Stone Hill Park to the local business community.”

Issued by Maxim PR on behalf of Crowe Clark Whitehill.

Posted on 17/11/2015