Re­aC­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Cllr Mike Ben­nett, the bor­ough coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for cul­ture, said: “The re­gen­er­a­tion of Vic­to­ria Park is an am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing project that will boost the area’s nat­u­ral beauty and her­itage as well as en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to value, en­joy and care for their lo­cal park.”

Cllr Jes­samy Blan­ford, chair­man of the coun­cil’s de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of open space task group and deputy mayor of Ash­ford, said: “It is ex­cel­lent Ash­ford has been se­lected to re­ceive Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing as it will en­able us to main­tain and pro­tect the bor­ough’s valu­able as­sets for the ben­e­fit of our res­i­dents, vis­i­tors and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“Our beau­ti­ful Vic­to­ria Park adds to the char­ac­ter and his­tory of the bor­ough. This bid will en­able us not only to cel­e­brate Ash­ford’s rich his­tory, but also raise the pro­file of the park with its Grade II* listed Hu­bert Foun­tain, and pro­vide a pleas­ant and en­joy­able place for our res­i­dents to visit.”

Jon Shel­ton of the Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, said: “This is great news. Vic­to­ria Park is Ash­ford’s prin­ci­pal park and this fund­ing should help to im­prove its land­scape qual­ity.

“Hope­fully wildlife habi­tat in Water­cress Fields should ben­e­fit too.”

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