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

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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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