‘Town centre dream will be a reality’
ASHFORD is poised to turn its multi-million pound town centre dreams into reality. In a move dubbed “the end of the beginning” town chiefs have begun talking up their proposals to financial and development experts. They launched the sales pitch at the Mipim International Property Expo in Cannes, South of France, attended by 25,000 industry insiders. David Hill, chief executive of Ashford Borough Council, and Pam Alexander, chief executive of the South East England Development Agency, unveiled a £26,000 model showing what the town centre will look like in a few years time. Mr Hill said that after years of master planning, the town was now ready to “go to the market”. It was seeking developers for schemes including Elwick Road, Dover Place and Tannery Lane and the new South Kent College Learning Campus. He said: “It is the end of the beginning. The next phase will be us going out to the market to try and attract significant private sector partner interest in moving forward some of these major sites in and around the town centre.” See next week’s Kentish Express for more.
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