Coun­cil re­MainS coM­Mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing pro­ject

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Transport Update -

The part­ners work­ing on the pro­posal for the In­ter­na­tional Dance Academy – Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC), the Jas­min Vardi­mon Com­pany (JVC), Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and Kent County Coun­cil – all say they are still com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the pro­ject.

In a joint state­ment, they said a “new cre­ative ap­proach is needed” and that they are work­ing to “re­vise the scope of the pro­ject brief for the dance, per­for­mance and ed­u­ca­tion spa­ces and this will be agreed in the au­tumn”.

Cllr Gerry Clark­son, leader of ABC, said: “De­spite the tremen­dous en­deav­ours by ev­ery­one con­cerned with this ex­cit­ing and am­bi­tious pro­ject we have all con­cluded that we need a fresh cre­ative ap­proach.

“I am sure that all mem­bers and pro­ject part­ners will share my dis­ap­point­ment that the pro­ject in its cur­rent form will not pro­ceed.

“The pres­ence of the world class Jas­min Vardi­mon Com­pany in Ash­ford and Kent is highly val­ued, as is their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the cul­tural of­fer at county, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level.

“Ac­cord­ingly, this im­por­tant Ash­ford Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son pro­ject will re­main as one of the Coun­cil’s big eight cor­po­rate pri­or­i­ties.

“We shall con­tinue to work with our val­ued part­ners to find an al­ter­na­tive way of de­liv­er­ing an af­ford­able and high qual­ity pro­ject that ben­e­fits all part­ners and raises the cul­tural of­fer for Kent.”

Ian Ross, the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of JVC added: “De­spite our ob­vi­ous dis­ap­point­ment that the pro­ject has not pro­ceeded as planned, we are all enor­mously heart­ened by and ap­pre­cia­tive of the con­tin­ued sup­port of our part­ners and look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to en­sure that JVC re­main at the fore­front of the cul­tural of­fer in east Kent.”

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