Our Man - The future of our motorways

Apart from the obvious B-word issue, the big problem concerning those who contact me is the state of the M20, with three different sets of road works going on at once.

Commons Touch - Future of services at the William Harvey Hospital

The future of services at the William Harvey Hospital continues to rival Brexit as the main thing people wish to talk to me about. The importance of the hospital issue was illustrated by the full attendance at a “Listening Event” at the Holiday Inn on Canterbury Road last Thursday.

Our Man - 100th anniversary of the Armistice

The 100th anniversary of the Armistice was always going to lead to special commemorations, but those of us who attended the service for Ashford’s Poppy Tribute on Sunday evening, culminating in the first lighting of the Ashford Beacon, witnessed a unique event.

MP presents prizes to Litter Angels winners

The Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP presented local school children with prizes for the Litter Angels anti-litter poster competition on Friday at Willesborough Junior School.


Commons Touch - The discussion about Transport

Transport is forever a key issue for those of us who live in East Kent, with attention moving between the threats of blockages on the motorway network, and the services on the trains.

Commons Touch - Ashford and Local Growth

One of the fixtures on the Ashford Business Calendar these days is the Growth of Ashford Conference set up by Wilkins Kennedy. This year’s was held at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, and it was very cheering to see extra chairs being brought in before the start to meet the demand.

Our Man - The M20 and Brexit

Motorways are much in our minds at the moment, with the works at various stages of the M20 causing short-term pain for we hope will be long-term gain.

Commons Touch - The Beacon

I am always fascinated to discover unexpected Ashford connections with people from history who have a national reputation, and the unveiling of the new Memorial Civic Beacon in North Park provided another opportunity.

Commons Touch - A Community Feel

There was a real buzz on the air at my Over 50s Fair last Friday. St Mary’s Church in Ashford Town Centre was packed with more than thirty stalls, and I am delighted that those who attended, from all ages over 50, said that they found it useful and enjoyable.

Commons Touch - Over 50's Fair

In a week’s time I will be trying a new experiment to see if I can help older people in and around Ashford. It’s an Over 50s Fair, which I hope will attract as big a crowd as the Jobs Fair I held earlier in the year at Ashford College.