Not so many old faces – but it’s still a great place to live
Historian and author Steve Salter has lived in Ashford all his life. The 39-year-old former Towers School pupil lives in Kennington. He says the town’s rich heritage makes it stand apart
What is the best thing about living in Ashford? The links to the continent and the town’s heritage. What would you say to a visitor to encourage them to come to Ashford? The town is always growing and developing, and despite the economic downturn, people are still investing in Ashford. For example in housing, the new John Lewis at home store and the proposed new Morrisons supermarket. What are your favourite shops, bars and restaurants in Ashford? I like Merchant Chandler and Pizza Express. Where is your one favourite place in the town? The old part of Kennington, down The Street, where there are some nice old houses. What makes Ashford stand out from other towns? The International Station’s status with Eurostar, plus the Ashford Designer Outlet and it’s rich full history. What has changed about Ashford most over the years? Everything. You used to be able to walk through the town and recognise people, now you rarely see the old faces. What needs improving in the town? The council’s relationship with residents needs improving. They need to listen to wht the people want - which is for the town centre to be prosperous once more. Could you see yourself living in Ashford for the rest of your life? Yes. Do you feel proud to live in Ashford? Yes. I am proud of my roots for what I’ve achieved.
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