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Iknow that we will all have been shocked and saddened last week, by the tragic death of the Labour MP Jo Cox, and our thoughts must be with her family and friends. It just serves to remind us that there are many people in public office that work hard on behalf of us all, and they deserve to be respected and to be kept safe from harm.
We often hear people talking about building on unused brownfield sites and I was therefore pleased to see approval given, last week, for a mixed-use development on the old Powergen site along Victoria Way. The plans by U+I in partnership with Quinn Estates and Neighbour, are for 660 quality apartments, together with an interesting and much improved public realm.
This regeneration project will link the town centre with Victoria Park, thus creating a new residential community very close to Ashford International Station. This will certainly inject new life into what is currently an unused and derelict site, which in turn will assist in the continuing revitalisation of Ashford town centre.
At the other end of the scale an independent teashop will soon be helping to brew-up more business for Park Mall with tea, cake and other inspired treats. The Little Teapot is yet another example of a local business responding to our action in acquiring Park Mall and setting up their new business to help with the area’s rejuvenation.
Another positive note that may help in creating a little more pride in our changing high street is the fact that Ashford has been accepted onto the third and final year of the national Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme. Launched in April 2014, the programme aims to provide intensive corporate support to 100 high streets, connecting corporate businesses with established Town Teams to support town centre regeneration and growth. It is supported by Boots, Marks & Spencer, Santander, Greggs and Wilko among others. The success of our application was due to our ability to actually deliver projects in the past three years and the good partnerships we have created with the business community.
We can all now clearly see that the new Ashford College is taking shape and will have several hundred students arriving in September next year – their arrival will help to breathe new life into the town.
Today is the long-awaited opportunity to vote to either continue our membership of the European Union or to withdraw from it but, whatever the outcome, we will all have to work together thereafter. We will still have to strive to ensure sustained economic growth, to support job opportunities and our important health and other services.