It is at a time like this that we should all reflect on the sacrifice so many people have made over the years to enable generations to enjoy the wonderful freedoms we all now take for granted. Ashford, like others, has been commemorating 100 years since the start of WWI, with events at the tank and in the memorial gardens.
I was interested to see my column has been recognised by one of this paper’s columnists as remarkably upbeat, dwelling heavily on proposals. However, for my part, I will continue to advise the people of Ashford just how we are trying to make a real difference but are under no illusion about just how difficult that is and how much effort is needed.
Some cups will always be half empty and others half full, but mine will always be overflowing with my belief in Ashford. My drive and enthusiasm will remain boundless and will not be undermined.
Ashford has just been voted the best business location in Kent – not my upbeat view but that of a market research company. This study involved interviews with developers, investors, property agents, architects and businesses who had not even considered relocating in Kent.
I am also pleased to note that Ashford’s recycling figures for June 2014 reached 60%. However, remember that when the UK-wide figures are published, they will not be recorded at this level because they lag a year or so behind.
I wrote to the Chancellor recently, to stress the importance of new housing being built to reasonable standards of