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Buses and broadband to benefit from council spend
May 1, 2009

Superfast fibre optic broadband and an arts centre are just two of the projects set to benefit from a massive council spending programme funded by the Government.

The £42.1m, secured from the Grant Area Fund and the Community Infrastructure Fund, will pay for improving the station forecourt, a new bus transport system called SMARTLINK, an arts centre at St Mary’s Church, the Gateway Plus library building and fibre optic broadband around the town.

The spending programme was agreed at a meeting of the council executive last night from proposals from the development body Ashford’s Future.

Other projects likely to benefit are a new cycle and foot bridge over the M20 to link Kennington and Eureka Park, the construction of a new A28 junction at Brookfield Road as part of the Victoria Way scheme and the acquisition of key sites and buildings for future development.

Cllr Paul Clokie, leader of Ashford council and chairman of the Ashford’s Future Partnership Board, said: “In recent years Ashford has benefited from considerable investment and development and we believe that despite the current slowdown, we will continue to make great progress in improving the town.

“By making further investments in improving transport links and community facilities we are creating the right type of environment to encourage businesses to expand or move into the area. The economic upturn will come and when it does, this investment will mean Ashford is ready to take full advantage.”

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