De­sign guru ready to un­veil ‘dy­namic’ new vi­sion of town

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RES­I­DENTS will have the chance to ex­am­ine fu­ture plans for Ash­ford next week.

Ash­ford’s Fu­ture will out­line projects lined up at an ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing held at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel next Wed­nes­day, June 2, from 10am to 4pm.

Ar­chi­tect Sir Terry Far­rell, the newly-ap­pointed de­sign am­bas­sador for Ash­ford, will also at­tend to un­veil his vi­sion for how Ash­ford can be­come a na­tion­ally-recog­nised cen­tre of de­sign ex­cel­lence and qual­ity.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will de­tail new build­ing de­vel­op­ments, trans­port con­nec­tions and com­mu­nity spa­ces planned for the town.

A spe­cial E-Line bus ser­vice will run from the sta­tion and town cen­tre to the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on the day to al­low as many res­i­dents as pos­si­ble to at­tend.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, the agency over­see­ing the town’s £2.5bn in­vest­ment pro­gramme.

Ash­ford’s Fu­ture man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ju­dith Ar­mitt said: “Sir Terry has ex­cit­ing ideas for Ash­ford and I know he’s look­ing for­ward to shar­ing these with us at this event.

“We have am­bi­tious goals for Ash­ford and with Sir Terry’s help we are em­bark­ing on an ex­cit­ing jour­ney for the town and its peo­ple.

“As part of the process of har­ness­ing Sir Terry’s ex­per­tise he has con­sulted some of the UK’s lead­ing ex­perts on ur­ban plan­ning, eco­nomic devel­op­ment and ‘place shap­ing’.

“A huge amount of ef­fort has gone into this work. This is an his­toric land­mark for the town and will be crit­i­cal in help­ing us to forge a new fu­ture for the area.”

Sir Terry said: “Ash­ford has the po­ten­tial to turn into one of the UK’s most pros­per­ous and dy­namic towns.

“With the Eurostar rail link pro­vid­ing a gate­way to Europe, and the in­tro­duc­tion of the fast train ser­vice to London, Ash­ford en­com­passes many of the qual­i­ties I be­lieve are vi­tal for vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sir Terry Far­rell, who is Ash­ford’s de­sign am­bas­sador

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