There is so little on offer to tempt a traveller to linger
Ted Prangnell is a retired engineer and regular contributor to the Kentish Express. He has lived in Kennington for the past 36 years and runs his own blog highlighting inconsiderate parking across the borough
What is the biggest advantage about living in Ashford? It has fairly good rail transport connections. What would you say to a visitor to encourage them to come to Ashford? I don’t think I would encourage them, but I would try to give an honest impression. What are your three favourite shops in Ashford? The Pound Shop, Lidl and M&S Where is your one favourite place in Ashford? In the countryside outside of, and away from, the town. We only come into the town for essential shopping. What makes Ashford stand out from other towns? Its roundabouts! I have lived in and visited relations and friends living in a number of beautiful towns and cities and also cycletoured in 14 different countries and admired their towns on the way. Unfortunately, Ashford isn’t in the same ranking. The town might stand out in some ways, but it has very little to delay the traveller. Perhaps if it stands out at all, it is because it doesn’t stand out. The last ‘city’ I lived in was smaller than Ashford, but it had more facilities and it was neat and tidy. What is the one thing the town doesn’t have, but really needs? Good planners. What needs improving most in the town? Several things, not just one. There’s no theatre, no art gallery, no cinema (in the town). It also needs a decent market. Could you see yourself living in Ashford for the rest of your life? I may have to. Do you feel proud to live in Ashford? To be absolutely honest: No.
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