Park and ride site worries
ASHFORD’S proposed park and ride scheme is also causing concern among residents.
Applicants Pentland Homes told the Central Ashford Community Forum the preferred site is still The Warren, despite Sainsbury’s supermarket pulling out of the scheme.
The developers now plan to provide a 1,000-space car park, along with 200 buildings for residential and business use.
Ray Wilkinson, of Ashford Borough Council, said: “We are looking at changing the way people get into this town by getting them to park on the peripheries of the town and either use the bus or walk in.”
He told the meeting Government funding was not enough to pay for the whole of the car park, so the council had to seek developer contributions to meet the total costs.
Chairman of the forum Jane Lawrie said: “We will fight very hard to ensure Warren Lane is not involved because it is greenfield access to the town centre.” Cllr Mick Hubert said it was important to remember no definite plans had been made for the park and ride and The Warren was just one possibility.
Mr Wilkinson said they would be looking to run buses every 15 minutes from Warren Park, with one in each direction every seven and a half minutes initially, with the hope of bringing that down eventually to every five minutes.
Buses will travel to County Square, Ashford International and the McArthur Glen designer outlet.