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Ashford College is now open!

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The new college campus opened last week

The new £26 million Ashford College campus opened its doors for the first intake of students on Tuesday 12th September.

The campus offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities including fashion and photography studios, a professional kitchen, music production studio, multi-media learning resource centre and, further down the line, workshops for motor-vehicle, bricklaying, plastering and plumbing.

The hair and beauty salon, restaurant and coffee shop is also open to the public and provides a real-life working environment for students.

Read the full story on the opening of Ashford College

Family fun day at Conningbrook Lakes

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Visitors enjoying canoeing on the lake

Hundreds of people soaked up the sunshine and visited Conningbrook Lakes Country Park for a day of family fun earlier this month.

The event celebrated 20 years of the Julie Rose Stadium, and saw more than 1,000 people attend to enjoy the range of activities on offer.

Dozens of people pushed the boat out and tried canoeing, sailing and paddle boarding on the lake, while youngsters had their face painted, enjoyed zorbing and athletics, and took part in cycling activities organised by Cycle Circle.

The Ashford Farmers’ Market stalls were busy throughout the day and the Ashford Concert Band entertained the crowds, with a large number of people stopping to enjoy the music while the sporting activities took place. 

Many joined in with the pond dipping and sweep-netting activities organised by Kent Wildlife Trust, and received free health checks and membership offers with Ashford Leisure Trust.

More Chilmington Green works commence

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Artist impression of Chilmington Green Discovery Park

Work has begun on infrastructure works for the Chilmington Green project.

Hodsons has appointed contractor Gallagher and works involve constructing a new roundabout on the A28 for the main access to the new housing development.

They recently completed work to the south side of the roundabout and have now switched the traffic onto this new section. This enables them to commence the construction to the opposite north side.

In order for them to now complete the surfacing to the roundabout and the associated finishing works it will be necessary for them to undertake some night works.

Visit the council website to find out more.

Elwick Road car park opens

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More car parking spaces are available in Ashford Town Centre as Elwick Road Car Park is now open.

Elwick Road Car Park is on the land between the Southeastern Car Park and the Elwick Place development, opposite Ashford College.

The car park is open 24/7. The charges are £1.10 for one hour and £5 for over four hours Machines accept the new £1 coin and you can use the Parkmobile services. It's also free to park in after 6pm.

There are 105 spaces available including disabled parking, motorbike parking and bicycle racks for cyclists.

Elwick Road Car Park will be open for up to three years and forms part of the exciting multi-million pound Elwick Place development, which will include a boutique cinema, family hotel, restaurants and cafes.

The car park is conveniently located just a short walk from the town centre, perfect for quickly getting to palces like Debenhams or County Square. 

Find Elwick Road Car Park at TN23 1LH or see where else you can park in Ashford

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