Our Man in West­min­ster

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ‘when I Saw The Car I Burst Out Crying’ -

When we think about the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of Ash­ford most of the at­ten­tion in­evitably fo­cuses on the big projects that are com­ing along, such as the ex­pan­sion of the De­signer Out­let and the new Col­lege Cam­pus.

But small im­prove­ments can also help in boost­ing the qual­ity of life in the town and there­fore its wider rep­u­ta­tion.

We have seen two of th­ese in re­cent days. The first is the de­ci­sion to put five charg­ing points for elec­tric cars in Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den.

At the mo­ment there are only 50 elec­tric cars in the whole of Kent, so it ap­pears a lux­ury. But of course there is a chicken and egg is­sue here, as very few peo­ple, es­pe­cially out­side big cities, will be at­tracted to ve­hi­cles which are likely to run out of juice half­way through a jour­ney.

So in this case the charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture has to come first, and I hope the coun­cil’s ad­mirable ini­tia­tive bears fruit.

The next step is for car man­u­fac­tur­ers to come for­ward with some de­cent elec­tric cars – but that’s for another time!

The sec­ond in­ter­est­ing straw in the wind is for some­thing that has al­ready hap­pened but has now been na­tion­ally recog­nised.

I am re­fer­ring to the award of full ac­cred­i­ta­tion to the Ash­ford Bor­ough Mu­seum by the Arts Coun­cil. This is a big step for­ward and a huge trib­ute to the work put in by many vol­un­teers.

For a mu­seum run en­tirely by vol­un­tary ef­fort to be of­fi­cially recog­nised as one of the 1,800 mu­se­ums that meet the stan­dards de­manded by the Arts Coun­cil is a real achieve­ment.

It adds another notch to the mes­sage that Ash­ford is not just grow­ing eco­nom­i­cally but that we are achiev­ing a wider ap­peal both for res­i­dents and visi­tors.

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