South East region MEP Richard Ashworth visited sites that will soon become Ebbsfleet Garden City. He praised the government’s plan and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s vision to regenerate the local area.
In Budget 2014, the Government announced plans to create a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, Kent, capable of providing up to 15,000 new homes, and establish an urban development corporation to drive forward delivery. The Government has pledged to invest £200m in infrastructure.
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) is the body tasked with coordinating investment and driving forward the development of the Ebbsfleet Garden City and was set up in March 2015. The area around Ebbsfleet, Northfleet and Swanscombe has the potential to create a vibrant and cohesive place for people to live and work.
Mr Ashworth’s visit to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation included a tour of key sites which will be central to the regeneration of the area. Mr Ashworth’s jam-packed programme included visits to Ebbsfleet Station, Northfleet Harbour, The Observatory, Castle Hill and Eastgate.
Speaking after the visit, Mr Ashworth said:
‘Being from Kent myself, I was delighted to visit the sites of Ebbsfleet Garden City and discuss the regeneration project with Robin Cooper and his team. It is always great to see plans that will bring growth and jobs to this wonderful County.
The Government’s planned £200million investment in infrastructure will help develop Ebbsfleet into an economic hub in Kent generate jobs for local people and foster further investment in the wider community.’
Mr Robin Cooper, CEO of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation added:
‘Having the support of MEP Richard Ashworth will help the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation raise the profile of The Garden City in Europe. We want to attract interest and investment into the Garden City. Richard ‘s support can help us make the most of the excellent international transport link from Ebbsfleet International to Lille in just over an hour, Paris in under 2 hours and Brussels in a little over 2 hours.
Ebbsfleet Garden City has a unique position in North Kent. We are pleased to welcome MEP Richard Ashworth to share the progress we are making. Ebbsfleet Garden City’s direct high speed railway to Europe and London, can bring international attention and investment to the local area.’