Council leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart admitted that the funds required had risen from £7.2bn in March. This was, he said, because infrastructure across Kent had to be improved to cope with an estimated influx of 250,000 people.
The council said it needs £178m for 20 primary schools and two secondary schools to provide education for children in Ashford, the site of the Eurostar terminal, where 30,000 homes are planned by 2016. The council said it also requires £212m for five primary healthcare surgeries, £217m for improvements of the M20 and £170m for water supplies and a waste water treatment plant.
Kent requires clear guarantees from the government
Kent council leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart
For the section of the Thames Gateway in Kent, the council wants £125m for 19 primary schools and four secondary schools. It said it also needs £266m for road works on the A2.
Many of the projects are not from the two main growth areas: for instance, the council wants £125m to renovate the A2 between Lydden and Dover. A source at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said Kent's stance was a "negotiating position".