Still time to com­ment on her­itage plan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Res­i­dents are be­ing re­minded they still have time to have their say on Ashford’s draft Her­itage Strat­egy.

The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the strat­egy, which is aimed at pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing the bor­ough’s cul­tural her­itage as­sets, be­gan on Fri­day, July 7, and does not fin­ish un­til Thurs­day, Au­gust 31.

Last month, Ashford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­bers agreed to the draft, and it is hoped the fi­nal strat­egy will be con­sid­ered at its Oc­to­ber meet­ing.

The bor­ough has a to­tal of 2,395 listed build­ings with 42 sched­uled mon­u­ments, 43 Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas and six reg­is­tered parks and gar­dens.

Cllr Mike Ben­nett, port­fo­lio holder for cul­ture, said: “The doc­u­ment is out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and I urge all town and par­ish coun­cils, fo­rums, lo­cal her­itage groups and in­di­vid­u­als to read it care­fully and voice their views, as I be­lieve there may be more that can be in­cluded.

“Ashford has a rich va­ri­ety of her­itage as­sets and it is im­por­tant we iden­tify, pro­mote and pro­tect the sig­nif­i­cance of th­ese valu­able sites for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

To read the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment and share your views visit www. ashford. gov. uk/ con­sul­ta­tions

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