‘Town cen­tre dream will be a re­al­ity’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Trevor Sturgess in Cannes

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.

Boost for re­gen­er­a­tion plans, see page 6.

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