Town growth high­lighted

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Coun­cil­lors have praised con­tin­ued im­prove­ments to Ash­ford town cen­tre in a bid to at­tract new busi­ness and in­vest­ment.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cab­i­net dis­cussed the an­nual town cen­tre re­port at a meet­ing last week, when Cllr Gra­ham Galpin said the rate of empty shops was be­low the na­tional av­er­age.

Cllr Galpin fo­cussed in par­tic­u­lar on Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre, which the coun­cil pur­chased 18 months ago, when there were 11 empty units.

He said to­day there are now just two empty shop units, and added: “This shows the ex­tent of the work that’s been go­ing on.”

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