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Kent set for influx of Scots if yes vote grants independence from Britain

01 April 2014
by Thom Morris
Thousands of Scots are expected to target Kent as a new wave of 'migrants' is predicted to head for the county after the referendum.
 
Kent County Council has drawn up a house-building programme to cope with the predicted wave of Scottish immigrants leaving their country if the vote delivers a yes to independence.
 
The Garden of England is believed to be particularly attractive to Scottish business owners planning to move to the county because of the better climate for breeding haggis.
 
Scottish bagpiper

Scottish bagpiper

 
The fate of the pound has become one of the central issues of Scotland’s independence referendum since Chancellor George Osborne ruled out a currency union.
 
The uncertainty over what could happen has meant thousands of Scots are thought to be preparing to uproot their lives to move to England.
 
Savvy shop owners are already stocking up on Scottish-orientated produce such as bagpipes and Billy Connolly DVDs.
 
Council leaders, keen to maximise the potential revenue on offer, are now anxiously seeking plots of land for ‘Little Scotland’ - where new houses could go to ensure there is sufficient room for those north of the border.
 
 
Government sources have suggested privately that the new Ebbsfleet ‘Garden City’ could house a majority of Scots.
 
Planners are already drawing up a list of road names for the large estate, such as Dunroamin Park, Aviemore Avenue and Aye Halstow Drive.
 
Areas in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone, Medway, Thanet and Gravesham are also being considered.
 
Developer Land Securities' vision of how Ebbsfleet Valley could look in 25 years

Developer Land Securities' vision of how Ebbsfleet Valley could look in 25 years

 
 
A meeting of KCC’s Electoral and Boundary Review Committee just before midday today will look at the council's housing plans ahead of the full council meeting later this month.
 
The report, to be heard in private under exemption rules, states: “It is up to the council to work with the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) to design the new arrangements for ‘Little Scotland’.
 
“Ideally, there should be cross-party agreement on the 'right' council size for the Scottish people and a new member for ‘Little Scotland’ will be required – this could be created and a vote held with the local and national elections in 2015.”
 
Kent estate agent Flori Alsop, a senior branch administrator, says she has already been inundated with requests for new homes.
 
She said: “Like the song says, people from Scotland aren’t afraid to walk 500 miles to ensure their money keeps its value. 
 
Shops are said to be stocking up on Scottish produce, such as shortbread

Shops are said to be stocking up on Scottish produce, such as shortbread

 
“For those with a family it’s all the more important - they’ve got mouths to feed. 
 
“And they’re willing to pay a lot of money to rent in Kent.
 
"One man told me last week ‘for the work I do, I'll pass almost every penny onto you,’ so for landlords, this could be very welcome news and potentially create a housing boom in the county.”
 
British companies, anticipating the influx, have placed nearly 200 job adverts for the Scottish to come and work as taxi drivers, bar staff and heads of website content production and delivery.
 
There is also expected to be a surge in one-way flight tickets from Prestwick airport to Lydd, with sales of Scottish dialect dictionaries selling like hot shortbread.
 
For more on today's meeting, click back later.

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