A the­atre would be bet­ter than another cin­ema

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford Valley Hunt -

We re­vealed last week plans for a new cin­ema in Ash­ford town cen­tre. A se­lec­tion of your let­ters and online re­sponses is be­low: I don’t think there is a need for an in-town and out-of-town cin­ema in Ash­ford, de­spite the large pop­u­la­tion.

I do think the coun­cil should be mov­ing for­ward with a plan to re­de­velop the Park Mall Cen­tre which looks dated, is full of empty shops and would look much bet­ter with a town cen­tre su­per­mar­ket to serve those that can­not ac­cess the out-of-town su­per­stores in Ash­ford due to no car or poor pub­lic trans­port.

A com­mu­nity the­atre would have been bet­ter. It won’t be the Mar­lowe which is ex­cel­lent and renowned though­out Kent but it would be an im­prove­ment on no the­atre.

I also think a new fur­ther ed­u­ca­tional col­lege would be bet­ter. As for shops, there is no more de­mand for shops in Ash­ford. HMV, Pri­mark will not come to Ash­ford be­cause they are now rep­re­sented or soon will be in Can­ter­bury.

Ash­ford has three town cen­tres which makes shop­ping there pretty bad. The de­signer out­let, the tra­di­tional town cen­tre and the leisure park all in three dif­fer­ent places, plus John Lewis at Home and Waitrose.

The town cen­tre prob­lem for re­tail­ers is in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity com­pared to Can­ter­bury, which is more com­pact and his­tor­i­cal. Gabriel­laC

What a funny old town; peo­ple com­plain when leisure fa­cil­i­ties are de­vel­oped out of town and then com­plain when they are de­vel­oped in the town cen­tre where they are des­per­ately needed.

This is a pos­i­tive step to­wards get­ting an in­creased foot­fall back into Ash­ford; with­out this foot­fall you don’t get new busi­ness.

Shops like HMV and Pri­mark won’t just ‘set-up’ in a town. There has to be a busi­ness case, and with­out any real at­trac­tions in the cen­tre of town

I’ll be hon­est, if I want to shop I go to Blue­wa­ter or Lake­side, it costs £2 for the bridge but park­ing is free, un­like County Square, and I can shop late into the evening. I know it’s peo­ple like me who are killing the town cen­tre but the town cen­tre cur­rently of­fers me noth­ing! A lousy cin­ema won’t coax me back. Obsy

So ABC think adding ANOTHER cin­ema to Ash­ford, which al­ready has a 12-screen one, is an ex­cel­lent idea? A the­atre would have been the most sen­si­ble idea and would still bring peo­ple into the town cen­tre. Joanne

Why do we need another cin­ema in Ash­ford? I can­not say how many peo­ple use the Eureka Park cin­ema in the evening/night but in the af­ter­noon it’s not that busy. The space could be used for a much-needed the­atre along the lines of the Mar­lowe. Linda Win­der

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