Town’s growth is set in stone as firm opens de­pot

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Open For Business - By Ai­dan Bar­low

The fu­ture of the town’s ex­pan­sion looks rock solid af­ter a con­crete and ag­gre­gate de­pot opened on the site of a for­mer cos­met­ics fac­tory.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Gerry Clark­son cut the rib­bon for the Gal­lagher Group site along­side com­pany boss Pat Gal­lagher.

The £1.5 mil­lion project has cre­ated the de­pot which can sup­ply build­ing sites with 100 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete per hour.

It is built on the ru­ins of the for­mer Rim­mel cos­met­ics fac­tory in Carl­ton Road, which was gut­ted by fire in 2007 and sat derelict un­til de­mo­li­tion work started last year.

The scheme also in­cludes new ware­houses and re­tail space, cre­at­ing up to 200 jobs. One of the ware­houses has been leased by the coun­cil’s in-house grounds main­te­nance ser­vice called Aspire.

Cllr Clark­son said: “We are de­lighted this site has been brought back into use, not just as the base for our new Aspire ser­vice, but for other uses too.

“From this site Gal­lagher will be pro­duc­ing high qual­ity con- crete for a range of de­vel­op­ments in Ash­ford and be­yond.

“Gal­lagher come with a proven track record in de­liv­er­ing qual­ity build­ing, civil engi­neer­ing, quar­ry­ing and prop­erty projects.

“Their in­vest­ment in Ash­ford has trans­formed a for­mer derelict fac­tory into an im­por­tant com­mer­cial site, which has cre­ated new jobs in the bor­ough and is another ex­am­ple of the pri­vate sec­tor be­liev­ing and in­vest­ing in Ash­ford.”

Work on 50,000 sq ft of ware­house space is now set to be­gin at the site, which has been re­named the Carl­ton Busi­ness Park.

Gal­lagher Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Yan­dle: “When it comes to cre­at­ing the new homes, leisure and re­tail op­por­tu­ni­ties and com­mer­cial devel­op­ment that Kent needs, Ash­ford is lead­ing the way.

“This marks an im­por­tant phase in the evo­lu­tion of our ag­gre­gates busi­ness and shows our com­mit­ment to serv­ing the house-build­ing and devel­op­ment com­mu­nity of Ash­ford and the sur­round­ing area.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Gal­lagher Group and the Carl­ton Busi­ness Park visit www. gal­

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Gerry Clark­son is joined by Pat Gal­lagher from Gal­lagher Group to open a new con­crete and ag­gre­gate de­pot in Ash­ford

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