Monthly Archives: January 2006

Don’t need it, don’t want it…

When we moved to east Kent from central London twenty years ago friends back in the smoke used to shake their heads and ask… where? There was a time when you said the name ‘Ashford’ and people immediately thought of … Continue reading

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UN funding for Wye science park ‘a real prospect’

IMPERIAL College’s plans to set up a biofuels research centre and attract funding from the United Nations first received backing from Kent County Council last spring. In June 2005, the then KCC leader, Sir Sandy Bruce Lockhart, met senior UN … Continue reading

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Another ‘science’ park bites the dust

It was meant to be Ashford’s future: a science park backed by one of the world’s leading universities which would attract high-quality jobs and research to the area and stop it becoming just a dormitory town. But the dream that … Continue reading

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A test of local democracy

Stalinist Russia may have been a place where some Moscow apparatchik could declare a distant city the home of the latest tractor factory then head off home for his borscht oblivious to any local heartache his decision may have caused. … Continue reading

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40 experts sign up to fight Imperial

More than 40 people — described as an ‘exceptionally talented bunch’ — have offered Wye Parish Council their professional expertise in the battle to stop Imperial College’s plan to create a science park in the village. A meeting of the … Continue reading

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Borough councillor: ‘Why weren’t we told?’

Cllr Bob Davidson A borough councillor expressed disquiet that members had not been told in advance of Ashford council’s plan to sign an agreement on the future of Wye with Imperial College.

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Imperial: Sorry if you couldn’t get in

Imperial College’s Deputy Rector Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has written to Wye residents to apologise for the fact that some were turned away from the meeting to discuss the Concordat project on January 9. ‘We had an enormous level of … Continue reading

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