Ex­tra £4m to fund town’s growth plan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.”

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