£7.6m revamp of town library a step closer
THE redevelopment of Ashford library has been approved by councillors.
The news follows a decision by borough planning councillors to accept the Kent County Council plans for the revamp.
The £7.6 million project will ultimately be decided by the Secretary of State, but Ashford’s planning committee formally voted to raise no objection to it on Wednesday last week.
The KCC scheme is to demolish the old building at Church Road and Queen Street and replace it with a larger one to provide a range of services.
Cllr John Kemp, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “As the town grows it is important that public services keep pace.
“The new building will offer a multitude of services conveniently situated under one roof at the heart of the town.”
The new centre, called Ashford Gateway Plus, will provide an improved library, host Ashford’s register office and be used for civil ceremonies.
There will also be rooms for social care for adults, adult education classes, space for art exhibitions and a cafe.
Kent County Council is behind the new centre, which is expected to open in May 2011. It will be considered by the county planning committee in January.
The new-look Ashford library