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New station faces an uphill struggle

BUILDING two new railway stations in Sittingbourne might prove to be an uphill struggle, after it was revealed the proposed site for one of them is on a slope.

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Two new train stations for Sittingbourne?

A vision of creating a metro system for Sittingbourne to encourage more people to travel by rail is being considered by Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport.

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Town may be on track for two new stations

TWO new railway stations on the edge of Sittingbourne are part of ambitious multi-million pound plans to persuade people to ditch their cars and turn to trains.

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Parish councils unite against Swale plans

REPRESENTATIVES from ten parish councils who have joined forces to speak up against Swale Council’s plans for development in the borough are to meet again tonight (Wednesday). Iwade Parish Council instigated a meeting last month to discuss the results of the Pick Your Own consultation into proposed housing and employment growth over the next 20 years.

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Road study predicts gridlock in 20 years

TRAFFIC jams in and around Sittingbourne will be worse after the town is regenerated, according to a new transport study. With 13,500 new homes planned before 2031, congestion could be 25 per cent worse than it is now, councillors were told last week.

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‘Hybrid’ homes plan in motion

ALL four development options for thousands of new homes and business space put forward by Swale Council proved unpopular with the public, so a mixture of them all will be pursued.

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Development plan findings

THE needs of the whole borough, not just those of lobbyists, must be considered – that was how councillorsresponded to results of a two-month consultation on how Swale should develop in the next two decades.

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Who is Pete Raine?

Pete Raine is currently the Director of Regeneration for Swale Borough Council, a position which encompasses planning and given his remuneration package the second most important position within the Council after the Chief Executive.

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Rural charity gives its vision for the future of borough

The Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England came up with five key elements after it was unable to support any of the four options being put forward by Swale Borough Council as part of its Pick Your Own consultation.

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Cllr Bowles says we must support the Kent Science Park or people will be homeless

The leader of Swale Borough Council, Andrew Bowles believes that the 5,000 houses identified in the Council’s Core Strategy to fund the A2/M2 link road necessary for the expansion of the Kent Science Park are necessary to fulfil social housing needs.

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