News today that more than 550 jobs will be created when Kent-based company, the Fresca Group teams up with specialist large-scale growers of fruit and vegetables in building a 91-hectare site - to be called Thanet Earth - located between Birchington and St Nicholas at Wade.
Fresca will invest £80million in the project that will include seven glasshouses, each covering the area of around 10 football pitches, and will use the very latest in efficient hydroponic growing techniques.
Expanding the local economy in any way, is a positive step but two questions concern me as I'm sure they will concern others. Firstly, how such a massive construction will appear as we drive past it and from the air - I will take photos - and very importantly, where the 550 new jobs will be sourced from.
If it's agricultural work, then I suspect and I would like to be proved wrong, that the great majority of these will be unskilled and Eastern European sourced in nature. Given last week's stories from Boston in Lincolnshire, if this is the case, then we need to think very carefully and clearly about both the impact on the community in which the workforce will live and what indeed are the real benefits to the Thanet workforce?
What do you think?