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New "future-proof" signposts set to be installed in Ashford - costing nearly £100,000

New "future-proof" signs are set to be installed in Ashford’s town centre – costing nearly £100,000.

The contemporary posts will help visitors and pedestrians find their way around the town and will point to key sites, including the First World War tank, nearby parks and Park Mall and County Square shopping centres.

They will look similar to the ones already found in the shared space, and will list destinations on individual 'finger-slats', which can be removed and replaced if necessary, allowing for alterations in the future if things move or new developments are built.

New fingerpoint signs that will be erected in and around Ashford town centre early in 2016
New fingerpoint signs that will be erected in and around Ashford town centre early in 2016

In addition, Ashford Borough Council (ABC) says it will remove the "out of date" Victorian signs that are currently in the town.

In total, 14 old signposts will be replaced and a new sign, situated outside Mecca Bingo in the High Street, will be integrated onto the existing CCTV pole.

The council will also be amending the incorrect and out of date signage in the shared space area.

Overall 16 new fingerposts will be installed and 12 existing contemporary posts will be updated, which totals nearly 200 new finger-slats.

Cllr Graham Galpin
Cllr Graham Galpin

Cllr Graham Galpin, portfolio holder for town centre focus, said: "Ashford town is developing and growing, and to reflect this, we are implementing signage which can change as we develop.

"The flexibility of the contemporary signage will allow us to highlight significant developments as they happen, such as Elwick Place cinemas and eateries, and Ashford College."

The signs, which will be produced by sign makers Marshalls, have been funded by Growth Area Funding at an estimated cost of £99,000.

Work to install them is set to begin on Monday, January 4 by KCC’s framework contractor Amey and is hoped to be completed by the end of the month.

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