CHARGED WITH MANAGING GROWTH
MARTIN BACON joined Ashford’s Future in 2003 and was charged with overseeing the development of 31,000 homes and the creation of 28,000 jobs under the Government’s growth agenda. The quango is based on the seventh floor of Ashford’s Charter House and its work is overseen by a board of representatives from Ashford council, Kent County Council, government departments and others. Its principal job is to drive forward investment and handle major regeneration projects that are often funded through government grants. Among those it has been involved with are improvement work at Junction 10 of the M20, the remodelling of the town centre ring road and plans for a park and ride at the Warren. But it has also faced criticism about the lack of jobs and growing fears that Ashford is in danger of becoming a commuter town. Mr Bacon had been chief executive of the Civic Trust and before that, the chief executive of Reigate and Banstead council. He was connected to Kent through a job he had as technical director with Canterbury City Council for eight years from 1984. This week, the space where he parked his silver BMW at Charter House was empty but the website run by the quango continued to feature him as managing director.