Shops and cafes worth a visit – but li­brary is best For­mer Ken­tish Ex­press ed­i­tor 69, lives in West­well. The fa­ther-oftwo re­tired in 2004. He thinks the town’s ar­ray of shops is enough to en­tice visi­tors

Lewis, Brian

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What is the best thing about the town? The wide High Street and bur­geon­ing cafe cul­ture. What would you say to a vis­i­tor to en­cour­age them to come to Ash­ford? Come to the De­signer Out­let, John Lewis and, for clothes, County Square. What are your favourite shops, bars and restau­rants in Ash­ford? The bar­ber’s next to the Pil­grims Hospice shop in New Street (they are al­ways cheer­ful), The Wheel at West­well and The Wind­mill, Willes­bor­ough Where is your one favourite place in the town? Ash­ford Li­brary (Gate­way Plus, Church Road). What makes Ash­ford stand out from other towns? The net­work of sur­faced foot and cy­cle paths, and Cineworld which shows live the­atre and opera from around the world. What has changed about Ash­ford most over the years? An­noy­ing pro­lif­er­a­tion of traf­fic lights; in­cred­i­ble rate of growth away from the cen­tre.

What needs im­prov­ing in the town? Sort­ing out crum­bling Bank Street. KE should be or­gan­is­ing an online pe­ti­tion to shame KCC into ac­tion. Could you see your­self liv­ing in Ash­ford for the rest of your life? I live in West­well and in­tend to con­tinue do­ing so. Do you feel proud to live in Ash­ford? To an ex­tent…I can boast to friends about the John Lewis store, the De­signer Out­let and the BUPA home on the Drovers round­about!

you like to take part in My Ash­ford? Please write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

Brian Lewis

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