A 16-storey tower block will become the "Shard of Ashford" according to bosses behind a huge new development.The ambitious scheme on the former HomePlus site in Beaver Road near the town centre - exclusively revealed by KentOnline last week - includes more than 200 flats, 12 town houses, a hidden car park and retail space.David Weir, director of On Architecture, which drew up the scheme, says the company wants to "go big" with the development, building a tower similar to The Shard in London, which is 95 storeys tall.A first-class "destination" restaurant and bar will sit at the top of the tower, on the 15th and 16th floors, offering impressive views of Ashford and a fine dining experience, bosses say.Developers hope to bring in an operator offering a similar experience to that of Rocksalt in Folkestone, the award-winning restaurant at the harbour run by celebrity chef Mark Sargeant.There are also plans for an outside viewing gallery above the restaurant, offering 360 degree views of … [Read more...] about ‘It’s not quite The Shard, but Ashford’s version of it’
I've never been to Japan or, for that matter, sampled much Japanese food.But following a visit to Ashford Designer Outlet's new YO! Sushi restaurant, I want both of those things to change.As you walk into the freshly completed branch, you're struck by a number of things - homely but delectable smells, the sight of a snaking conveyer belt like something out of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and the welcoming attitude of the staff.Sitting down, you don't have to wait a minute before you can eat. Tempting dishes whizz past you in a colourful stream, each one perfectly manicured to the highest standard of presentation.One second you can be munching on a crunchy, meaty chicken gyoza, and the next you can sample the spicy pepper squid.Every taste and dietary requirement is catered to, with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes that even a staunch carnivore like me can really sink their teeth into.YO! Sushi provides a perfect opportunity to try food that you may not have eaten or even … [Read more...] about Why go to Japan when you can go to Ashford?
Find out who has been voted in to Ashford Borough Council with our election graphic showing the results as they come in.Since 2015 Ashford Council has been run by the Conservatives.For all the results and reaction from across Kent follow our live blog and follow live updates from the Ashford count below."LIVE UPDATES 6am There is a little time to wait for results today, with counting not expected to get underway until about midday. … [Read more...] about Live: Ashford council election results
Business bosses say Ashford's Debenhams store would be big enough to accommodate a Primark.The huge County Square site - which goes over three storeys - is set to shut in 2020 after the struggling department chain today announced 22 of the 50 stores it plans to close across the country. But shoppers have long called for a Primark to open in Ashford and business chiefs think the shop could suit the clothing giant.Jo James, chief executive of the Sevington-based Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, says Primark would attract people to the town.She told KentOnline earlier this month: "I would like to see another big chain go in there."Debenhams is a very sizeable store, it would have the space to accommodate Primark if Ashford is a proposition to them, but it is in such close proximity to other stores, with stores already in Folkestone and Canterbury."The Debenhams announcement comes as another blow for Ashford town centre with M&S having already announced it will close its County Square … [Read more...] about Could Primark take on Ashford’s Debenhams store?
Replacement buses are currently running between Maidstone East station and Ashford International due to a problem which is currently being investigated.A train has come to a stand near Maidstone East, with the line blocked from Maidstone toward Ashford.Southeastern have said to expect trains to be cancelled, delayed or revised.Disruption is expected until 14:30.Follow @Kent_Online on Twitter for more updates … [Read more...] about Delays between Maidstone East and Ashford International train stations