Memorial to be ‘protected for ever more’
Campaigners succeed in obtaining Grade II listing from English Heritage for Ashford landmark
ASHFORD’s war memorial is finally protected as a Grade II listed building thanks to the efforts of campaigners.
The Ashford Civic War Memorial in Memorial Gardens will now be regularly maintained after an order from English Heritage.
Neil Clark and David Hughes applied for the order while working on the Kent War Memorial transcription project.
This project involved tracing all the men whose names appear on the Ashford memorial to ensure they are officially commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Mr Clark claimed they were so disgusted with the state of the monument, they were driven to take action to apply for a protection order.
“It’s going to ensure that the memorial is protected for the people of Ashford for ever more,” said Mr Clark.
“I had it done because I found out the last time it was profes- sionally cleaned was in 1984.
“I found that out a couple of years ago and I saw the state of it and persuaded the council to clean it. But they told me they didn’t have the money to do it on a regular basis.
“This order means the council will have to do it as they cannot allow it to deteriorate.”
But spokesman for Ashford Borough Council Caroline Owen said the council already cleaned the monument once a year and had invested £10,000 on restoring it in 2005.
She said to clean it more often would damage the stone and added the council was very pleased the monument had been listed.
The war memorial will be carefully preserved for generations to come