Ideal spot for huge space cen­tre

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Ru­ral Ash­ford has some of the dark­est skies in the south east which makes it the per­fect set­ting for a multi-mil­lion pound observatory and space cen­tre.

The Ash­ford Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety (AAS) have al­ready put in fund­ing bids for the devel­op­ment planned for the south Ash­ford area, close to Rom­ney Marsh.

The pro­posed Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Space Science and Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre, po­ten­tially the largest plan­e­tar­ium in the UK, would fea­ture cin­ema and con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties and hands-on ex­hibits that would ap­peal to young peo­ple.

The AAS has not for­mally sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion yet and have not yet pin­pointed an ex­act lo­ca­tion but found­ing mem­ber of the group Drew Wa­gar be­lieves it is only a mat­ter of time.

He said: “I am con­fi­dent this will be­come a re­al­ity. We have sub­mit­ted some fund­ing bids and we are al­ready look­ing at plan­ning reg­u­la­tions

“We hope to have it built within the next two to three years.”

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