Park and ride site wor­ries

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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