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Borough of Ashford

Shown within Kentmarker

Status: Borough
Region: South East England
Admin. County: Kentmarker
- Total
580.62 km²
Admin. HQ: Ashfordmarker
ONS code: 29UB
- Total ( )
- Density


/ km²

Ethnicity: 95.0% White
1.5% S.Asian
1.4% Black
1.3% Mixed Race

Ashford Borough Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
MP: Damian Green
Ashford is a local government district and borough in Kentmarker, Englandmarker. Its council is based in the town of Ashfordmarker.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Tenterdenmarker with Ashfordmarker urban district, and the East Ashford, West Ashford and Tenterden Rural Districts.

Although a large part of the Borough is still mainly rural, that around Ashford is undergoing a complete change, since it is fast becoming an industrial and commercial centre. The corridor caused by the M20 motorway and High Speed 1 and its railway stationmarker have led to much hitherto agricultural land being turned to other uses.


In 1801, the population of Ashford and Willesboroughmarker was 2,600; in 1861 this had more than tripled to 8,800; by 1901 12,808 and in 1961 the figure was 28,000. The census, for Ashford, in 1991 showed the total number of persons as 92,331 and by 2001 it had risen to 102,661. Kentmarker County Council's mid year estimated population, for 2004 is 107,700 showing substantial continued growth in the size of the town, the most growth in Kent. The County Council's population forecasts for 2011 and 2016 are 119,600 and 129,000 giving an increase of 25.2% since 2001. Ashford Borough Council predicts that the growth will continue to rise to 141,100 by the year 2021.
Ashford's Population Growth
The 2001 Census reported Ashford as having
  • 41,450 households
  • 70% of residents describing their health as 'good'
  • 27% of 16-74 year olds having no qualifications
  • an unemployment rate of 2.4% of all economically active people aged 16-74

Local government

There are 43 electoral wards in the Borough; 18 of those serve Ashford town; the remainder the outlying villages.

There are two town councils in the Borough: Ashford itself, and Tenterden.

There are 39 civil parishes within Ashford District. They are:

The area, once mainly rural, is now fast becoming an industrial and commercial centre, particularly where the town of Ashford is concerned. The corridor caused by the M20 motorway and High Speed 1 and its International Station have led to much hitherto agricultural land being turned to other uses. The town is very much in the news due to plans to double its urban population (currently approx. 60,000) over the next 30 years, with new housing planned in areas around the town such as Cheeseman's Greenmarker.

From the town centre, roads radiate to Charingmarker and Maidstonemarker (A20/M20), Favershammarker (A251), Wyemarker and Canterburymarker (A28), Hythemarker and Folkestonemarker (A20/M20), Hamstreetmarker, Lyddmarker and Hastingsmarker (A2070) and Tenterdenmarker (A28).


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  2. 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
  3. KCC's Strategy-based (Apr '06): Population Forecasts
  4. Ashford Borough Council
  5. National Statistics
  6. Members of the Borough Council; their wards

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