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

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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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