Poor shop­ping as De­signer Out­let our only at­trac­tion

Mel Cook, 38, is the man­ager­ess of Ca­role’s Craft and has lived in Ash­ford all her life. She be­lieves a Pri­mark is needed to boost Ash­ford.

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What is the best thing about the town? The De­signer Out­let cen­tre be­cause the shops there are bet­ter than in the town cen­tre. What would you say to a visi­tor to en­cour­age them to come to Ash­ford? I would tell them to check out the De­signer Out­let. What are your favourite shops, bars and restau­rants in Ash­ford? I like Pea­cocks be­cause it has some good prod­ucts. The Al­bion pub in South Willes­bor­ough is also nice. What is the best tourist at­trac­tion in the town? I feel that the De­signer Out­let is the only tourist at­trac­tion in Ash­ford. Where is your one favourite place in Ash­ford? County Square - it’s comfy and I spend hours in there. What makes Ash­ford stand out from other towns? The train sta­tion as it has so many con­nec­tions like the High Speed and the Eurostar. What has changed about Ash­ford most over the years? There used to be loads of good shops but now they’re ei­ther shut or over priced. What needs im­prov­ing in the town? We des­per­ately need a Pri­mark. That would make Ash­ford do much bet­ter and en­cour­age peo­ple to come here. Could you see your­self liv­ing in Ash­ford for the rest of your life? No, I’d rather live in the coun­try­side away from the pol­lu­tion. Do you feel proud to live in Ash­ford? No, I hon­estly think Ash­ford is an em­bar­rass­ment.

Would you like to take part in My Ash­ford? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk

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