Monday, August 04, 2008

The Aigo Has Landed

Crumbs! One of my sharp-eyed contributors spotted this sign over Manston way at the weekend, advertising Chinese firm Aigo's 'first UK facility'.

Call me old-fashioned, but I thought when it came to plonking a 3m sq. ft. Chinese business park on top of our water supply there was a small matter of, er, gaining planning permission to be overcome first. Or do they think they've already schmoozed a sufficient number of councillors' for it to be a matter of merely dusting off the old rubber stamp? I think we should be told! And I predict that within a few hours we will be!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that the Business Park has outline planning permission for a number of units already, whether its British or Chinese firms who buy the plots is academic. As you pass nuy the billboard at its entrance a sign has been on display for 2 years now stating Plots for Sale B1 planning permission. Where's the new news?

Anonymous said...

You miss the point. The business park is designated for development. The number of units to add to those already there is the issue. CGP who are trying to get planning permission would be leasing to firms who wish to set up. The notice at Summit Aviation (that well-known, incomplete local landmark) has over the last week had Aigo's logo added. The Chinese do not have planning permission to build on what is still, primarily land owned by KCC. The campaign against CGP's development is based on the company's attempts to cram in units without putting in mains sewerage. Additionally, the number of HGVs every day from this over-crowded site would lead to noise, jams and traffic hazards on the inadequate roads round the area. Finally, the business park's top end is still farmland, outside the designated area so cannot be considered part of the park. Hope that answers your question.

tony flaig bignews said...

Crikey do you think my "eagle eye" (sunday) contributor could be one and the same as your "sharp eyed"one (monday).

Thank god I held back on the rubber stamp cliche! phew.

sorry just having a bit fun Keep up the good work speak later

Eastcliff Richard said...

Could well be, Tony, could well be!

Anonymous said...

The building you show has planning consent

Eastcliff Richard said...

Gosh, you do get around, anon 10:04am! You just said exactly the same thing on Bignews Margate!

Anonymous said...

all the best people seem to have similar copy on similar blog sites, I would not want to offend by leaving you out of the loop

Anonymous said...

Yes it's beginning to look suspiciously as if some kind co-ordinated masterplan is being executed here.

Michael Child said...

I think this is what you wanted to be told Richard

Eastcliff Richard said...

Yes - that's the kind of thing Michael!

Just having a peek at some rather interesting documents meself! Blimey!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the President of Aigo, Mr Feng Jun, is happy with the TDC and CGP interpretation of this sign, presumably put up for his visit?

In other words it has nothing to do with his swish ideas for Aigo buildings on China Gateway Phase 1, but in reality is being interpreted by TDC Officers and CGP apologists as not pre-empting the planning decision that is to be considered on 20th August, but refers to his company, of which I am sure he is proud, as being no more than mere 'squatters' in Summit Aviation's incomplete and unfinished building?

Who is kidding who? Would anyone like to contact Aigo and ask him what he thinks this sign was all about? I bet you will find that he assumed it referred to CGP's development and not 'squatter's rights'.