Proud of my roots but please sort out those loose cob­bles!

Tony Jupe lives in South Ash­ford with his fam­ily. The 47-year-old, who works for Bom­bardier Trans­porta­tion, has lived in Ash­ford all his life

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What is the best thing about liv­ing in Ash­ford? The fact that you are only 10-15 min­utes away from the coun­try­side. In fact, Ash­ford isn’t far away from any­where, re­ally! What would you say to a vis­i­tor to en­cour­age them to come to Ash­ford? I would rec­om­mend vis­it­ing the banks, hair­dressers and fast food shops. If you like those sort of places, then you are laugh­ing! What are your favourite shops, bars and restau­rants in Ash­ford? My favourite shop is KLAN. My favourite bar is the Bri­tish Rail Sports and So­cial Club, in Beaver Road, as it is a fam­ily-friendly place. My favourite restau­rant is the Ever­est Inn, the food is won­der­ful and ser­vice good. What makes Ash­ford stand out from other towns? As I’ve said be­fore, Ash­ford stands out for its prox­im­ity to other places, has the rail link, the Chan­nel Tun­nel is nearby, it’s easy to travel from and to. What is the one thing the town doesn’t have but re­ally needs? Ash­ford needs to have its big mar­ket back in the town cen­tre. It was al­ways a big at­trac­tion in the town, mean­ing peo­ple stayed in the town cen­tre longer, spend­ing money in the lo­cal shops and eat­ing and drink­ing in the restau­rants and cafes. It was a good meet­ing place. The town also needs more for teenagers to do – more than just a skate park! What is the one thing that needs the most im­prov­ing in the town? The High Street. The cob­bles and slabs are loose and danger­ous for the el­derly and dis­abled. You can even hear them mov­ing when you walk on them. Could you see your­self liv­ing in Ash­ford for the rest of your life? Un­less I win the lot­tery, I will be liv­ing here for the rest of my life. Do you feel proud to live in Ash­ford? I’ve al­ways been proud of my roots, as all my fam­ily come from Ash­ford but I don’t feel as proud now to see how Ash­ford has changed. It has be­come too big, too many peo­ple, too many houses, which equates to more crime.

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