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Town’s corporate property search now easier thanks to new online service

If you are looking to set-up or expand in Ashford this website may be the one for you

It’s now even easier to find the retail unit, office or industrial space that’s right for your business thanks to a newly-launched online service by Ashford Borough Council.

Businesses looking to relocate to the area or existing firms keen to expand can visit www.ashford.gov.uk/business/commercial-property/council-owned-commercial-property-search/ where they will find details of council-owned properties for rent.

And, while the authority is keen to showcase its own range of properties to potential tenants, it also includes a link to the AshfordFor website  https://www.ashfordfor.com/index.php/locate-your-business where there are details of those properties which are available to rent or buy on the open market.

This ability for businesses to easily tap into a mix of council- and privately-owned properties ensures firms are presented with the widest choice of available space in one of the fastest-growing towns in the region.

Visitors to the council’s new online service can search by property type (retail, industrial, office), length of tenure, premises size and dimensions and also address. There is a ‘favourites’ function so visitors can select properties to come back and view later.

International House

Users will also find a scrolling gallery which is activated by hovering over an image, this brings up details about that property. Property availability will be kept right up to date, information will be displayed when refurbishment is underway or a unit is ‘under offer’.

Anyone looking for office space just minutes from Ashford International Station and its 38 minute fast train link to central London can choose between International House (above) or the nearby Connect 38 building (main picture).

Available industrial units at the newly-built 47,000 sq ft Carlton Road Business Park or popular Ellingham Industrial Estate are detailed; while information on a choice of retail space at the town centre Park Mall is just a click of a mouse away.

Cllr Paul Clokie, the council’s portfolio holder for corporate property, says: “The development of this online platform helps the council to showcase its available properties, ensuring we maximise revenues to fund the services we provide our residents. It also enables businesses to find appropriate sites in the best places at highly competitive rates.” 

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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