Gone for­ever – the oast lost to flats

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Kirsty Parkin

Res­i­dent is ou­traged as his­toric link bro­ken

A BIRD spot­ter has de­scribed the de­mo­li­tion of a his­toric build­ing and “en­vi­ron­men­tal oa­sis” as a tragedy.

Singleton Oast, in Tithe Barn Lane, Singleton, has been de­mol­ished to make way for nine apart­ments and a play area.

Reader An­thony Dun­stan, of Blue Field, Singleton, took the pic­ture be­low of the de­mo­li­tion, which he says has cost Ash­ford a piece of its his­tory.

“There is the manor house, the barn, which is now the pub and the oast house and across the road there is an old wa­ter mill. At one time they would have grown crops and hops in Singleton and brought them to the oast house and kept them in the barn. Now this link is lost.

“I am amazed that peo­ple can let a thing of his­toric in­ter­est dis­ap­pear. Per­haps the peo­ple of Ash­ford are so used to de­vel­op­ment, they don’t re­alise.”

Mr Dun­stan is also con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pect.

“I logged 24 species of birds there in one year and then there are the duck­lings and drakes on the pond which will be lost. It is an en­vi­ron­men­tal oa­sis.

“When I moved from Lon­don to Ash­ford three years ago I thought I was mov­ing some­where more rural and I am shocked.”

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd1170557

An­thony Dun­stan next to the area where the oast pre­vi­ously stood

The de­mo­li­tion of the his­toric Singleton Oast which is mak­ing way for new apart­ments and a play area

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