Coun­cil Talk

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Lorries Slowly Destroying Grade Ii Listed Home - By Gerry Clark­son, leader of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil

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

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