Wye faces years of debate over the far-reaching proposals to introduce new housing, industrial and academic development, Ashford MP Damian Green warned this week.
Writing for this website after a capacity turnout of 550 people, the largest community meeting in village history, to hear about the proposals, Mr Green said there will be time for Wye residents to influence the project. But he will not be supporting any ‘no change at any price’ approach to the plans.
‘There will be a number of those in the village who are just opposed in principle to any large-scale development. Obviously I respect this point of view but I do not share it. I think there will be a mixture of benefits and problems caused by the proposals, and the trick will be to maximise the former and minimise the latter.’
I have made sure in private that Imperial College recognise the strength of feeling on this issue — Damian Green MP
Mr Green was also critical of the way the news had been broken to the village. He said he sensed that there was more widespread disquiet that a deal had been ‘cooked up’ keeping local people in the dark, than over some of the plan’s implications themselves.
You can read Mr Green’s comments after the meeting below. We will also be running articles on the event from local Wye residents. If you would like to add your own view, please use the comment forms on the site or, if you would like to write an article yourself, contact us directly.