Me­mo­rial to be ‘pro­tected for ever more’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 - by Clare Mul­grew

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

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