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Flood protection scheme starts in Sandwich

Flood defence work has started in Sandwich to protect homes and businesses on the former Pfizer business park.

Some areas of Sandwich currently have a one in 20 chance of tidal flooding every year. The new scheme is intended to improve and raise defences on the banks of the River Stour.

Cllr Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council, and Andrew Pearce from the Environment Agency, explained why the scheme was so important.

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Pfizer site owner determined to attract new business

Pfizer site under new ownership Credit: ITV Meridian

A new company says it has received lots of interest from businesses hoping to move onto the former Pfizer site.

Discovery Park LTD has taken over the freehold and believes it can secure the long term future of the development.

Pfizer put the site up for sale last year as it announced the closure of the campus in February 2011. The move put up to 2,400 jobs at risk and brought Pfizer's 57-year history in the town to an end.

Pfizer site talks break down

Pfizer has been at the site in Sandwich for almost sixty years Credit: PA

Talks between Pfizer and a property developer over the sale of the pharmaceutical company's site in Kent have ended without a deal.

In January, Pfizer entered into a period of legal exclusivity with a consortium led by London & Metropolitan for the sale of the site near Sandwich. But the two parties could not agree commercial terms. A spokeswoman for Pfizer said discussions had begun with new interested parties.

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