The fu­ture’s bright – the fu­ture’s green

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

IN A bid to dis­pel fears that rapid ex­pan­sion could see the town dis­ap­pear un­der a sea of con­crete Irene Seijo aims to make sure Ash­ford stays green and blue.

She has been ap­pointed by Ash­ford’s Fu­ture to over­see a strat­egy that aims to im­prove Ash­ford’s green spa­ces and wa­ter­ways and the links be­tween them.

Irene Seijo comes to Ash­ford from the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­gen­er­a­tion char­ity Ground­work and will be re­spon­si­ble for co-or­di­nat- ing the de­vel­op­ment of the land­scape and wa­ter­ways of Ash­ford, which is one of four Gov­ern­ment-des­ig­nated growth ar­eas in the South East.

Ju­dith Ar­mitt, the manag­ing di­rec­tor of Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, said: “We are de­lighted to wel­come Irene to the team.

“She will have the chal­leng­ing but ex­cit­ing role of de­vel­op­ing am­bi­tious new leisure and recre­ational as­sets.”

As area di­rec­tor for Ground­work South East Lon­don, she was re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing their over­all pro­gramme of projects.

She said: “High qual­ity and func­tional open spa­ces are an im­por­tant part of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Ash­ford and I’m looking for­ward to work­ing with the team to take key projects from con­cept to de­liv­ery.”

Irene Seijo

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