Stalk­ing de­vel­op­ment’s mys­te­ri­ous stags

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You may not be aware of it but Ash­ford is at the cen­tre of a wild stag mys­tery. In last week’s pa­per we re­ported how coun­cil­lors were ex­pected to ap­prove a de­vel­op­ment for 660 new homes, shared pub­lic spaces and a cafe near the town cen­tre – on the for­mer Pow­er­gen site.

The ar­ti­cle was il­lus­trated by an artist’s im­pres­sion from de­vel­op­ers U+I and Quinn Es­tates, who have sub­mit­ted plans for a mix of flats and houses on cur­rently va­cant land off Vic­to­ria Road.

But only the most ob­ser­vant among you will have spot­ted the mag­nif­i­cent – but tiny – stag in that artist’s im­pres­sion.

So when we checked other artist’s im­pres­sions also sent to us by the de­vel­op­ers we were de­lighted to dis­cover the stag was in all of those too.

He’s in four of the im­pres­sions and is even given a won­der­ful gold coat in one of them.

We haven’t been able to as­cer­tain whether the idea is to have a big stag sculp­ture as a fea­ture of the de­vel­op­ment or whether who­ever created the artist’s im­pres­sions was just hav­ing a bit of fun.

A call to the de­vel­op­ers was greeted with amuse­ment by the per­son who an­swered the phone but as yet we haven’t been able to dis­cover why the stag is in the com­put­er­gen­er­ated draw­ings.

So in ef­fect it’s a bit of a stag do but once we un­ravel the mys­tery rest as­sured you will be the first to know. Ash­ford is set to bloom this sum­mer af­ter scores of colour­ful flower planters have again been dot­ted around the town cen­tre to cel­e­brate the Queen’s 90th birth­day.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has dou­bled the num­ber of planters filled with petu­nias, alyssums and ver­be­nas.

For this year only, a to­tal of 60 planters have been scat­tered around the town, com­pared to the usual 30 to 40. The planters, which are be­ing rented by the coun­cil from Amethyst Hor­ti­cul­ture, con­tain pur­ple, red and or­ange flow­ers which will brighten up the town cen­tre through­out the sum­mer months and into the be­gin­ning of au­tumn.

The weather may have been pretty rub­bish for the past few weeks but brace your­self for a “scor­chio” next month.

Re­search (oh how Nuts and Bolts loves a bit of re­search) shows that Sun­day, July 17, is set to be the hottest day of the year in the South East, with tem­per­a­tures pre­dicted to reach 31°C.

And de­spite pre­dic­tions that this sum­mer was go­ing to be one of the hottest for years 61% of Brits don’t be­lieve it will be a scorcher.

And, ap­par­ently, two-thirds of us pre­fer cooler sum­mers.

Weather­men say this sum­mer is set to be our hottest for a hun­dred years, with a blis­ter­ing “heat surge” winging its way over from the Con­ti­nent to bring us heat­waves and non­stop sun­shine.

Out­door heat­ing spe­cial­ists Glow­ing Em­bers has pin­pointed which day of the year is sta­tis­ti­cally the hottest, af­ter painstak­ingly go­ing back through 30 years of av­er­age tem­per­a­tures.

And they reckon that July 17 is go­ing to be the siz­zler to end all siz­zlers this year.

We hope so too, but will be be­lieve it when it hap­pens.

Mean­while Richard Few­ings, di­rec­tor of Glow­ing Em­bers, said: “If there’s one thing we can rely on it is that we can never re­ally rely on the weather! But we’re go­ing to keep every­thing crossed that this year, we do have a Great Bri­tish Sum­mer.”

And if 2016 is a hot one, look for­ward to all the “phew, wot a scorcher” head­lines.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has dou­bled the num­ber of planters in the town cen­tre

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