Free evening park­ing in bid to boost trade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has in­tro­duced free evening park­ing in des­ig­nated town cen­tre streets.

Visi­tors will be able to park for free in pay and dis­play park­ing bays in the High Street, North Street and Bank Street af­ter 6pm from Mon­day to Satur­day. In ad­di­tion, park­ing will be free all day on Sun­days.

The new scheme, which was rolled out on June 10, will be pi­loted for six months. If it proves suc­cess­ful it may be in­tro­duced on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

The coun­cil hopes the ini­tia­tive will in­crease the night time foot­fall in Ash­ford and im­prove the town cen­tre’s for­tunes, as well as boost­ing trade for lo­cal busi­nesses and mak­ing it an at­trac­tive op­tion for new busi­ness ven­tures.

Cllr Brad Brad­ford, port­fo­lio holder for trans­porta­tion, high­ways and engi­neer­ing, said: “The free park­ing ini­tia­tive will also sup­port the new El­wick Place de­vel­op­ment which will trans­form the town’s night-time econ­omy with its new cin­ema, ho­tel and places to eat and drink.”

The coun­cil is also re­plac­ing town cen­tre park­ing pay­ment ter­mi­nals with new pay ma­chines which ac­cept fees by phone, credit/debit card, and ‘wave & pay’ con­tact­less tech­nol­ogy.

The new ter­mi­nals will ar­rive later in the year. A Ken­ning­ton pho­tog­ra­pher has tri­umphed in a Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing na­tion­wide pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion, beat­ing 800 en­tries.

An­thony Baines’ win­ning pho­to­graph de­picts com­mu­nity nurse Lu­cian Smith dress­ing the wound of a 90-year-old pa­tient in his flat in Can­ter­bury.

His en­try was named as the Gold Award Win­ner for the RCN’s Care on Cam­era pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion, which cel­e­brates the Royal Col­lege’s cen­te­nary by show­ing the mod­ern face of nurs­ing.

An­thony, who is molec­u­lar cell bi­ol­o­gist at the Univer­sity of Kent in Can­ter­bury, said: “I wanted to get some pic­tures that rep­re­sented some of the key con­cepts in mod­ern nurs­ing, in­clud­ing the aging pop­u­la­tion and care that keeps elderly peo­ple in­de­pen­dent and able to live in their own home.

“I also wanted to show that care is pro­vided by both men and women and most of all, the truly car­ing in­ter­ac­tion be­tween nurse and pa­tient.”

Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing RCN’s com­pe­ti­tion, he also vis­ited the Wound The win­ning pho­to­graph, which de­picts a com­mu­nity nurse dress­ing the wound of his elderly pa­tient, and in­set; An­thony Baines Medicine Cen­tre team based at the Queen Vic­to­ria Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Herne Bay. There he pho­tographed nurses car­ing for pa­tients with chronic wound con­di­tions.

He added: “The thing that was ev­i­dent from both my vis­its was the im­pact that the nurses have on the ev­ery­day lives of their pa­tients, and way that the qual­ity of life re­ally is en­hanced by all that they do. I feel deeply priv­i­leged to have been able to wit­ness and doc­u­ment this.”

Care on Cam­era was open to both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers and was run in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Royal Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety and spon­sored by NHS Em­ploy­ers.

The judg­ing panel in­cluded RCN Chief Ex­ec­u­tive & Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Janet Davies, BBC jour­nal­ist Huw Ed­wards, RPS Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Dr Michael Pritchard and NHS Em­ploy­ers’ Danny Mor­timer along with RCN mem­bers Vianne Brit­ten and Jess Moor­house.

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