28 JUN 2018

Dozens of jobs to get Snowdown Colliery buzzing again

Dozens of jobs will be created at Snowdown Colliery under multi-million-pound plans to transform the site into a retail and manufacturing site with the humble honeybee at its heart.

The importance of the honeybee to the environment is at last being recognised world-wide. The plans to rejuvenate the colliery site aim to celebrate, support and advance the health and well-being of the honeybee, through research, collaboration and education.

Local business owner Patrick Murfet told me that he hopes to turn the former coal mine, which shut in 1987, into a vibrant, economically viable, creative business hub – which will be known as the Bee Yard at Snowdown Park.

Mr Murfet currently employs 14 people at his Bee Equipment business based in Bridge near Canterbury. I was drawn to one of the unique and stand-out features of the former colliery, namely the two Grade II listed buildings – The Fan House and Winder House No2, which housed the Koepe Winder System, used to haul the coal to the surface.

It's great to see plans to get the Snowdown Colliery site buzzing again. Patrick is clearly passionate about building his business and creating more jobs locally. This is a really exciting project which would bring yet more investment to our area.

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