Extra £4m to fund town’s growth plan
ASHFORD has been awarded an extra £4 million by the Government to help pay for its growth plans.
The Ashford’s Future partnership was initially awarded a £21.5 million capital building programme by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) a year ago.
Yesterday (Wednesday) the group heard the DCLG has agreed to give a further £4 million.
Cllr Paul Clokie, chairman of the Ashford’s Future Partnership Board, said: “This represents real commitment from the Government to the town’s development.”
The extra cash will be allocated to projects to stimulate housing growth and new jobs.
Robyn Pyle, chairman of the Ashford’s Future company, said: “Projects likely to benefit from this funding include improvements to the station approach area, ahead of the introduction of high-speed train services in 2009, enhanced capacity at junction 9/ Drovers roundabout and development around Victoria Way, a new road south of the town centre.”