As Ashford is “swamped by new developments” one artist is hoping to keep the town’s heritage alive through a series of colourful sculptures.
John Lester has grand plans for a white horse outside the Designer Outlet, warplanes in Elwick Road and a steam locomotive near the old Klondyke Railway Works site.
Mr Lester tried in 2010 to convince Ashford Council and Kent County Council to help him place a white horse sculpture in Elwick Square and Olympic imagery on the bridge over Romney Marsh Road but neither idea came to fruition.
Now the former head of art at King’s School in Canterbury has started approaching private companies as well, including Outlet owners McArthurGlen, and hopes they can help make his designs a reality.
Mr Lester said: “With concerns that Ashford’s heritage is being swamped by new developments and that, in my opinion, a number of pieces of public artwork in Ashford appear to have little relevance to the town itself, I have been keen to make efforts to produce my own public artworks to celebrate Ashford.
“Also, as I have now lived in the town for several years, my affection for the place has grown and I am keen to do my bit to make Ashford a better place.
“My sculptures have, I feel, a sense of movement and are uplifting for the viewer.
“Most of the sculptures can be seen through, to give an impression that they are emerging from the past and colour adds another dimension to some – they could also be lit up at night.
“I believe the sculptures have a function and combine traditional representation and contempo-