Key ob­jec­tives map out brighter fu­ture

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

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

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