Sittingbourne has a rich history in paper-making, brick-making and barge-building which have contributed to the success of the town today.
Modern Sittingbourne has experienced growth in recent years with the town and it’s surrounding rural hinterland recording a population in excess of 67,000. The town is to the west of Swale. Manufacturing and engineering remains a key part of the local economy, but there has been significant business diversification. The Eurolink Business Park best exemplifies this trend, housing 280 companies in over 2 million square feet of accommodation. Other key sectors include transport and distribution with space to accommodate further large scale development at Eurolink East Five and Kemsley Fields Business Park. There is also an emerging a life sciences sector focused around the 500,000 square feet campus at the Kent Science Park.
The town has benefited from significant investment in both its road and rail infrastructure. The new roads have improved access from the main business centres to the A249 and motorway network beyond. HS1 rail services also provide easy access to London and Ebbsfleet international.
The Town Centre
The centre of Sittingbourne is also undergoing change. A range of partners invested £2 million to fund the regeneration and creation of Milton Creek Country Park. In Sittingbourne Town Centre, the Council is working with its development partner, Spirit of Sittingbourne, to deliver the first phase of a regeneration project. The development includes leisure, retail and housing, as well as improvements to the public space around Sittingbourne train station.
Sittingbourne has a reputation as a key centre of food production with its surrounding landscape of orchards and farmland. A number of beautiful villages surround the town which with their historic church buildings, prove an attractive draw for the Kent tourist.