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Last week a se­ries of events were held mark­ing Holo­caust Memo­rial Day com­mem­o­rat­ing the vic­tims of the Holo­caust and Nazi per­se­cu­tion dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and the geno­cides in Cam­bo­dia, Rwanda, Bos­nia and Dar­fur.

Holo­caust Memo­rial Day serves both as a means for older res­i­dents to re­mem­ber the vic­tims and hon­our the sur­vivors of the pe­riod be­tween 1941 and 1945, and for all of us to note that such evil acts are ab­hor­rent and will be re­mem­bered and con­demned.

It is im­por­tant that we mark such oc­ca­sions so that we re­mind our­selves that al­though we are but a small place, we still ac­knowl­edge the sig­nif­i­cance of events in his­tory that have touched so many.

Last week saw the news that Ash­ford po­lice sta­tion is to re­main and will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­fur­bished. The fu­ture of the sta­tion has been very much in the bal­ance and there were fears that we would lose it com­pletely. This news pro­vides cer­tainty for the of­fi­cers and staff, as well as giv­ing com­fort to the wider com­mu­nity.

We are de­lighted with the de­ci­sion made by the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner and Chief Con­sta­ble of Kent Po­lice to ren­o­vate and re­fur­bish the build­ing. It is vi­tally im­por­tant that a grow­ing bor­ough such as ours has a strong po­lice pres­ence in the very heart of the town cen­tre.

As a lo­cal author­ity, we strive to en­sure high stan­dards from the de­vel­op­ers build­ing in our bor­ough. While we will take a harsh view, and if nec­es­sary en­force­ment ac­tion, on those who flout the rules and do not com­ply with their statu­tory du­ties, or meet the plan­ning ap­proval they have been granted, we will also ap­plaud those who take pride in their de­vel­op­ments. One such pos­i­tive ex­am­ple is Fin­berry, be­ing built to a good stan­dard by Crest Ni­chol­son. They were re­cently crowned win­ner in the “out­stand­ing land­scap­ing for hous­ing” cat­e­gory of The Sun­day Times Bri­tish Home Awards 2017.

The na­tional Well­be­ing Sym­po­sium takes place on Wednesday, Fe­bru­ary 21, at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel. The event will show­case One You, an ini­tia­tive to help those liv­ing and work­ing in the county to step to­wards a health­ier life­style.

Ash­ford was cho­sen as we are seen to be lead­ing the way with the Ash­ford Health and Well­be­ing Board, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar One You health shop in our Park Mall. We should be rightly pleased that such a na­tional event is be­ing held here.

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