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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.