Cor­po­rate plan ‘on track for wealth’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cup Final Success -

Coun­cil chiefs say they are mak­ing big progress with their cor­po­rate plan to boost busi­ness, eco­nomic growth and the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil adopted the plan in Oc­to­ber 2015, with four main ar­eas of fo­cus in­clud­ing En­ter­pris­ing Ash­ford, Liv­ing Ash­ford, Ac­tive & Cre­ative Ash­ford, and At­trac­tive Ash­ford.

Now, two years on, they say that ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture and de­vel­op­ment projects are go­ing well, with the new town cen­tre col­lege set to open in Septem­ber and the Com­mer­cial Quar­ter cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

Mean­while, work on the town cen­tre cin­ema and ho­tel com­plex is set to start in the com­ing months, and works at Chilm­ing­ton Green and at the De­signer Out­let are also in the pipe­line.

Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son said: “At the mid­way point in our Cor­po­rate Plan it is a good time to take stock of progress and set new chal­lenges with a clear sense of di­rec­tion for the fu­ture.

“The range and scale of achieve­ment of our Big Eight projects shows what a com­bi­na­tion of strong po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion and of­fi­cers’ en­deav­our can achieve.

“We be­lieve in ac­tion, not words, and as we can all clearly see, great progress has been made over the last two years.

“There is still more we can do, but I hope res­i­dents, busi­nesses, and vis­i­tors can take great heart from the many projects and ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments com­ing for­ward that will all have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on fu­ture eco­nomic pros­per­ity.”

Ash­ford Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son and, right, the new Ash­ford Col­lege build­ing in El­wick Road

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