Area is in need of regeneration
ISN’T it about time Ashford Borough Council applied its mind to the regeneration of the Lower High Street? The street market is now suffering from the same problem. Over the years, the council has allowed estate agents to convert the shops in Middle Row into glorified offices. Due to the concentration of these business, shoppers are not attracted to that area. For the average shopper that is a dead area, and they are reluctant to venture further. It has become detrimental to the Lower High Street traders. With the County Square development, the town has become lopsided. May I suggest that the estate agents be persuaded to vacate their premises and relocate to the purpose-built Charter House offices. With the population increasing the smaller retailers will be needed to provide a greater variety of goods and services. With finance from outside interests being spent on Elwick Road, the High Street is now the poor relation. Also, the council officers should investigate the possibility of making an old service alley running from the High Street to Park Street, available for public access. This would be useful to country bus passengers. They used the Co-op before it closed. Again the KCC are set on spending millions to rebuild the public library. Would it also be advantageous to transfer the library and the Gateway services to Charter House. There is better parking and room to expand for lecture rooms and art galleries. R. Burton, Willesborough.