£10million business park cash could bring 4,000 jobs to Southend

Southend Standard: £10million business park cash could bring 4,000 jobs £10million business park cash could bring 4,000 jobs

SOUTHEND Council is considering sinking £10million into a new airport business park which could create thousands of jobs.

The council’s cabinet is to consider making the investment next week, as part of its plans for the period 2015-2018.

The site for the new business park is on Southend Council owned land to the north of Aviation Way, which lies just inside the Rochford district.

Papers released this week ahead of the cabinet meeting show plans for a medical technology centre at the heart of the site, which on its own, could create 4,000 jobs.

The documents say the council would like to borrow £10million to invest in groundworks on the site, starting in 2015- 2018.

It is also looking at allowing a solar energy farm on land to the north of the business park as a way of recouping some of its costs.

AndrewMoring, Tory councillor responsible for corporate services, said: “We own quite a lot of land there and some of it is green belt so we thought, ‘what can we do with that?’ “We could possibly make it a solar farm, although we haven’t gone through the details of it yet.”

He added: “The £10million will be for the initial infrastructure – utilities and roads – although this is provisional, as it would still have to be approved in the annual budgets each year.”

The plan would also hinge on Rochford Council giving planning permission, and on a separate agreement between the two councils to be known as a joint area action plan.

Mr Moring added: “This would be very good news for the town, in particular for the jobs it would provide for people.”

Martin Terry, opposition independent group spokesman, said his colleagues supported the project in principle, but had “major concerns about the level of borrowing” involved.

He added: “Eventually, it would have to be paid for from cuts to frontline services.

“I think it should look at the level of its reserves and how its investments are managed first.”

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3:14pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

So Martin Terry doesn't want 4000 jobs for the town.
So Martin Terry doesn't want 4000 jobs for the town. Southend Andy

5:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

iloveleigh says...

With £289m of debt and another £50m pencilled in already for future projects I think Martin Terry is only too right to give only qualified support. No doubt Southend Andy has no concerns over ever increasing debt but some responsible citizens - and even some representatives - do!
With £289m of debt and another £50m pencilled in already for future projects I think Martin Terry is only too right to give only qualified support. No doubt Southend Andy has no concerns over ever increasing debt but some responsible citizens - and even some representatives - do! iloveleigh

5:07pm Fri 3 Jan 14

leigh-my-town says...

Sort Victoria Avenue first! If you can't maintain what exists why expand onto more land.
Sort Victoria Avenue first! If you can't maintain what exists why expand onto more land. leigh-my-town

5:23pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Been here before. Mmake up your mind SBC what do you want? a tourist town, a business town, a Las Vegas style town ?
Just seems to me its a town that doesnt know where its going except into debt and cutting front line services when it doesnt need to except to fund pie in the sky ideas.
Been here before. Mmake up your mind SBC what do you want? a tourist town, a business town, a Las Vegas style town ? Just seems to me its a town that doesnt know where its going except into debt and cutting front line services when it doesnt need to except to fund pie in the sky ideas. jolllyboy

5:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Southchurch75 says...

Anything that generates employment and a boost to the local economy is good, but the preceding comments are very accurate. More debt will of course lead to reductions in services as the cost of the debt must be serviced in the absence of increases to council tax. The town centre is a disgrace and Victoria Avenue as the main entry thoroughfare to the town creates the most dreadful first impressions to anyone visiting. If Victoria Avenue were to be sorted with investment and jobs then this would inevitably have a positive impact on the high street. Also, a solar farm on green belt land? Isn't this verging on an industrial type development and something of an eyesore?
Anything that generates employment and a boost to the local economy is good, but the preceding comments are very accurate. More debt will of course lead to reductions in services as the cost of the debt must be serviced in the absence of increases to council tax. The town centre is a disgrace and Victoria Avenue as the main entry thoroughfare to the town creates the most dreadful first impressions to anyone visiting. If Victoria Avenue were to be sorted with investment and jobs then this would inevitably have a positive impact on the high street. Also, a solar farm on green belt land? Isn't this verging on an industrial type development and something of an eyesore? Southchurch75

7:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

maddriver says...

Southend Andy wrote:
So Martin Terry doesn't want 4000 jobs for the town.
I suggest that you read the article again, this time paying attention to what is actually quoted. Mr Terry has raised an area of concern regarding the level of debt and how it would be funded, not an unreasonable point to make in the current climate of cuts.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: So Martin Terry doesn't want 4000 jobs for the town.[/p][/quote]I suggest that you read the article again, this time paying attention to what is actually quoted. Mr Terry has raised an area of concern regarding the level of debt and how it would be funded, not an unreasonable point to make in the current climate of cuts. maddriver

7:45pm Sat 4 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

4000 jobs in medical technology? Just exactly how is this figure arrived at? Just who is this company to provide this jobs? I can well understand Mr Terry's concerns as to the added debt.
4000 jobs in medical technology? Just exactly how is this figure arrived at? Just who is this company to provide this jobs? I can well understand Mr Terry's concerns as to the added debt. John T Pharro

11:43am Sun 5 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

leigh-my-town wrote:
Sort Victoria Avenue first! If you can't maintain what exists why expand onto more land.
Thats going to be used for affordable housing for the influx, arriving later this year, try keeping up....
[quote][p][bold]leigh-my-town[/bold] wrote: Sort Victoria Avenue first! If you can't maintain what exists why expand onto more land.[/p][/quote]Thats going to be used for affordable housing for the influx, arriving later this year, try keeping up.... Nowthatsworthknowing

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