Wye’s county councillor will wait to see Imperial’s plans for its science park before he decides whether he will ‘go along with the village’.
At last night’s annual parish meeting, Charles Findlay faced several questions over his position on the proposal for the Wye Park and housing development on the college estate. At one point, parishioner Vinny McLean demanded: ‘When are our councillors going to get up to speed and start representing us?’
Cllr Findlay, who did not mention Wye during his review of the past year with Kent County Council, said that, as no plans existed, he could not form a view. He said: ‘I will take a view whether I go along with the village. I will listen to all the views.
Cllr Findlay: ‘Wait and see’
‘There are wider aspects here — Brook, Mersham and Aldington are part of me. It is wider than Wye.’
Cllr Findlay was questioned about KCC’s recent decision to include a new road from junction 10a of the M20 to Wye in its forward transport plan. The scheme was adopted at a full council meeting attended by Cllr Findlay and has gone to the Government for approval. Cllr Findlay said that he thought KCC’s notification that it would seek £5 million of government money for the road was ‘probably for the paperwork’.