Bold plans en­sure the fu­ture of park

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

Phase two for Eureka is am­bi­tious as park grows to ac­com­mo­date 7,000 staff

MA­JOR plans which in­clude a health cen­tre, nurs­ery, shop and pub at Ash­ford’s ex­pand­ing science park have now been ap­proved by coun­cil­lors.

A take­away, book­maker and cof­fee shop are also in­cluded in the plans for the sec­ond phase of the Eureka Science Park, just off Junc­tion 9 of the M20.

There will also be 120 park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing six bays for dis­abled peo­ple.

Work is ex­pected to start straight away on the three-storey glass build­ing, the Her­ald, which will pro­vide more than 34,000 sq ft of of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion and is due for com­ple­tion in De­cem­ber 2007.

Coun­cil­lors gave the de­vel­op­ment the thumbs up at a meet­ing of the plan­ning com­mit­tee which was held last Wed­nes­day. The fa­cil­i­ties will cater for the 7,000 peo­ple who are ex­pected to work at Eureka Science Park when it is com­pleted.

Main ac­cess to the cen­tre will be through Trin­ity Road.

The first phase of the new de­vel­op­ment, North­down, is due to be com­pleted in April.

Some 34 per cent of the to­tal of­fice space has been sold so far.

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, Andrew Os­borne, said: “When com­plete, Eureka Park could have a work day pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 7,000 peo­ple, many of whom will want to use the lo­cal shops and fa­cil­i­ties.

“The pro­pos­als put for­ward will be an in­te­gral part of a suc­cess­ful and vi­brant Eureka Park.”

An im­pres­sion how Eureka Science Park will look

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