HC Deb 23 March 1965 vol 709 cc303-4
15. Mr. Ennals

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in the current review of the South-East study, he will take particular note of the representations he has received from the Kent County Council concerning the need to expand Aylsham.

Mr. Mellish

My right hon. Friend is giving consideration to all the proposals which the county council made in their comments on the South-East Study.

Mr. Ennals

I thank my hon. Friend for that Answer. Is he aware that when Aylsham was planned by Professor Abercrombie, in 1925, it was intended to be a town of between 30,000 and 40,000, but that its growth was stopped in its infancy? Is he also aware that by its location, its transport facilities and in other ways it is eminently suited as a new centre for industry and population in south-east Kent, and will he take seriously the representations made to him on a number of occasions by the Kent County Council?

Mr. Mellish

Yes, Sir. I well understand the anxiety which is felt about the difficulties of this area, but I cannot say anything at this stage which would anticipate the outcome of the South-East Study.

Mr. Boston

Will my hon. Friend also confirm that he and his right hon. Friend are paying particular attention to the representations by Kent County Council and others about the Isle of Sheppey? In view of the scope for development on the Isle of Sheppey?, will he bear in mind that we on the island feel that we have a considerable part to play in the economy of what we refer to as the mainland?

Mr. Mellish

That is a fair point and the answer is, "Yes, Sir".