On Monday 18th July 2011, Avtar Sandhu MBE, Molly Cork and Peter Wood attended the officia l opening of the new Ashford Gateway Plus costing £7.5 Million.

The new building serves mainly as a brand new modern library but sixty other services and facilities available for its visitors, including an area for civil ceremonies, registration for births, deaths and marriages, adult education help and a six desk for Council Customer service.

The ribbon was cut by local resident Molly Cork after receiving flowers and a copy of a book. Molly is a local resident, who at 93 years old has been a visitor of the library for 84 years.

Other attendees of the event were Ashford council leader Peter Wood, local residents, and community support.