Official opening of Carlton Road Business Park in AshfordPosted on 30 October 2019
Ashford’s newest business park has been officially opened. Carlton Road Business Park is a 47,000 sq ft development of 28 warehouse and industrial units built by Kent-based Gallagher Properties and acquired in a multi-million pound deal by Ashford Borough Council.
Carlton Road Business Park is located less than a mile from J9 of the M20 and is a short distance from Ashford International station, giving access to Europe via a daily Eurostar service*, while London St Pancras is just 38 minutes away. The 28 units range in size from 865 sq ft, with the flexibility to combine units.
Carlton Road joins a corporate property portfolio that includes the largest office complex in the town, a shopping centre, industrial estate and a town centre cinema and restaurant complex. The authority’s acquisition strategy is contributing significantly to the council’s income and helping to fund services across the borough, while helping to maintain the lowest council tax in Kent.
The park has been built on the old Rimmel site, which had been derelict for 10 years, so not only does our acquisition support business growth, it also brings back into use a prime economic site.Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council
Speaking to an audience of business guests at the launch, Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “The park has been built on the old Rimmel site, which had been derelict for 10 years, so not only does our acquisition support business growth and generate prosperity and jobs, it also brings back into use a prime economic site.”
Pat Gallagher, Chairman of the Gallagher Group, said he was keen to find another suitable site in Ashford to build a second business park, while Ashford MP Damian Green paid tribute to a “business-savvy” local authority which is playing a key role in the economic development of the area. Ashford has been voted the best place to do business in Kent.
*Please note Eurostar has announced a temporary suspension of services Ashford due to Covid-19 until 2022.