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As the sea­sons move from sum­mer to au­tumn, it’s not just na­ture that is evolv­ing. Our bor­ough con­tin­ues to do so as well, and na­ture is per­ti­nent in this re­gard. There have been lots of pos­i­tive com­ments about Con­ning­brook Lakes Coun­try Park since it opened in May, with peo­ple en­joy­ing the won­der­ful area and be­ing so close to na­ture.

This week­end sees the com­mu­nity open day at Con­ning­brook Lakes on Satur­day, be­tween 11am and 4pm. Ca­noe­ing, pad­dle board­ing, row­ing, angling tu­ition and dinghy demon­stra­tions are just some of the wa­ter-based taster events planned for the day. There will also be have-a-go archery, wa­ter zorb­ing, cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties, guided walks and much more.

We hope many peo­ple will come along to en­joy the fun and try out an ac­tiv­ity or two. It’s also an op­por­tu­nity for those who have not yet been to Con­ning­brook Lakes to dis­cover the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings – a real jewel in the bor­ough’s crown.

I have been there and it re­ally prom­ises to be a lovely mix of ac­tive pur­suits and tran­quil­lity. The event and all ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer are free.

If you have driven along Sta­tion Road in the past few weeks, you will have no­ticed that de­mo­li­tion work has started to pave the way for a new, state-of-the-art col­lege cam­pus right in the heart of the Ash­ford.

Plans for a £16 mil­lion Ash­ford Col­lege that is fit for the 21st cen­tury came a step closer to re­al­ity last month when bull­doz­ers moved in to de­mol­ish the old col­lege build­ing, Kent Care House and Swan­ton House on El­wick Road. Again, I was de­lighted to be there to mark the oc­ca­sion. It sees the de­liv­ery of another pri­or­ity pro­ject in the bor­ough.

The am­bi­tious pro­ject, led by Had­low Col­lege, is one of Ash­ford’s key de­vel­op­ments and will play a ma­jor part in the town’s fu­ture growth and pros­per­ity.

I am also able to re­port on a third pro­ject that is pro­gress­ing well. I was pleased to see the new artist’s im­pres­sions for the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Model Rail­way Ex­cel­lence Cen­tre and hear the plans are on track. The pro­pos­als would act as an im­por­tant her­itage site and also a legacy pro­ject for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

We have much to be proud of as res­i­dents of this bor­ough and these are just some of the many projects that are en­hanc­ing its at­trac­tion.

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