Thursday, 17 February 2011


Kent Green Party has prepared an outline economic strategy for East Kent. The 20 page report prepared by Green Party members is in response to the loss of jobs at Pfizers and other major job losses which will occur over the next few years. Steve Dawe, who compiled the Report, comments on its key messages:

“Kent Green Party has developed an economic strategy which is sustainable and will create long-term employment growth in the East Kent area. The full report is available on the Kent Green Party website at under Publications.

“The key messages of our report are:

“First, the potential employment from insulating our buildings and installing solar water units and solar photovoltaic panels will be large, and create jobs that will be needed for many years.

“Second, there is an unrealised potential in developing tourism in East Kent. Closing Manston and Lydd to commercial flights and converting them to all-weather leisure centres could considerably increase the overall attractiveness of East Kent as a destination for staying tourists, as opposed to day trippers.

“Thirdly, meeting local housing demand through refurbishment of existing homes, using derelict industrial buildings and converting long empty shops has enormous potential to generate local employment for the future.

“Finally, stopping public sector job cuts and collecting all taxes known to be due, and closing tax havens, could keep a lot of useful employment in East Kent.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Steve Dawe is Press Officer for Kent Green Party. He is currently lecturing in Public Policy and International Political Economy in a University. Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H. Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.

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