Key objectives map out brighter future
THE economic downturn will not undermine plans to improve the quality of life for Ashford residents, according to those overseeing the town’s development.
Ashford’s Future says it is determined to press ahead and the council has now adopted a 10-year plan of how the borough should develop.
The new sustainable community strategy takes account of public views to a MORI survey and the State of the Borough debate.
Council deputy head of cultural services, Ian Bailey, said: “These are long term targets so they are unlikely to be significantly affected by short-term economic problems.
“Indeed it is even more important in current circumstances to keep a clear focus on what kind of place we want the borough to be in 10 years’ time”.
Key objectives have been agreed for the next decade involving eight themes: Learning for everyone Economic success and opportunities for all
Improving health and wellbeing
Promoting environmental excellence
Stronger and safer communities Enjoyment of life Keeping Ashford moving Achieving high quality homes
Council chief executive, David Hill, said: “We want to ensure these major changes will improve life for all residents. Above all we want to create a positive sense of community across the borough as a whole, so that new and existing residents develop a joint sense of belonging and develop into a strong and cohesive community.”
The new neighbourhood centre at Eureka Park
Council chief executive David Hill