Celebrity backing for museum project
Other exciting projects planned for the town include: Ashford Borough Council purchased the struggling shopping centre last year, with the aim of filling the empty units with independent traders, rejuvenating the arcade and bringing more people into the town.
New shops include Emporia Fabrics & Crafts and Glam R Us accessories.
Other changes in the precinct include music playing, new hanging baskets, the bins and benches have been painted to improve their appearance, and the clock has been fixed. A £4 million model railway museum is being proposed for the old Klondyke Railway Works site in Newtown.
The plans include a 30,000sq ft building with a huge display area, lecture and demonstration theatre, specialist model shop, cafe and observation deck for visitors to watch the Eurostar travel over the viaduct.
The scheme has benefited from the endorsement of celebrities like The Who frontman Roger Daltrey and presenter and musician Jools Holland.
The Ashford International Model Railway Excellence Centre has submitted a proposal for the museum to the council, and a decision is expected later this year.