Ashford Borough Council is urging residents and businesses to have their say on the future of Ashford town centre as part of a major public consultation launched by the Borough Council.
Organised under the popular Loveashford brand, the consultation provides the perfect opportunity to find out what’s happening now and throughout the rest of the year, as well as what’s going to happen over the next three years. It also shows the possibilities for the future as well as allowing everyone to have their say on future developments within their town centre. Ashfordians have a key role to play in reshaping the town, say the council.
High streets up and down the country are facing challenging times with the increase in online shopping and the need to offer something beyond just a shopping experience. The council is keenly aware that residents want more from their town centre and the good news is there are many changes taking place or in the pipeline.
The ambition is to build on Ashford’s heritage as a market town, one that makes the most of its unique location, international connections and strong community spirit – a modern market town.
“This is not just about words and grand visions – it’s about action,” says Cllr Mike Bennett, who has a key role in leading the town centre initiative.
“Now is the time for local people to have their say and we’re looking forward to receiving imaginative and bold ideas that will help us to create a real buzz about Ashford.”
Are you keen to see more leisure provision? Do you have a view on how retail facilities can be improved? Got an idea on how to attract more tourists? We want to hear from you! We may not be able to implement everything that is suggested but we promise that every suggestion will be considered carefully.
Ashford Borough Council already has a raft of ideas for potential town centre developments including the provision of an outdoor flexible performance space, eye-catching public art that becomes a national attraction and the creation of a town centre app.
How to have your say…
The town centre consultation is due to run until the end of October 2018. To take part and to share your ideas, visit www.ashford.gov.uk/towncentre.
Alternatively, pop along to the Ashford Gateway Plus in Church Road or the Civic Centre reception in Tannery Lane, where you can access the consultation and provide your feedback.
Loveashford will also be holding a number of events throughout the coming months where you’ll also be able to provide your views.
Town centre consultation questionnaire - FINAL