Sup­port

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Accidents -

Last De­cem­ber Ash­ford As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety (AAS) an­nounced it had se­cured coun­cil sup­port for its In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky As­so­ci­a­tion (IDSA) des­ig­na­tion bid.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Cabi­net mem­bers voted to back the scheme with £25,000 set aside to help with a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and bid to IDSA.

It could see some ru­ral ar­eas pro­tected from de­vel­op­ment and light pol­lu­tion in the town’s plan­ning poli­cies.

Part of the coun­cil’s pol­icy could also call for sym­pa­thetic light­ing on all new housing de­vel­op­ments.

The so­ci­ety had plans to cre­ate a 200-seater plan­e­tar­ium, science cen­tre and ob­ser­va­tory in the area but th­ese have now been scaled down.

So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Jason Hall said last year: “We are aim­ing for a smaller cen­tre and we have the idea to make more in­come from things like camp­ing.

“The aim is to have at least a sci­en­tific grade ob­ser­va­tory with in­stru­ments that the pub­lic can use.”

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