Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

ASH­FORD coun­cil says de­tailed en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies were car­ried out in the area and that the de­vel­op­ment will help Singleton. Spokesman Caro­line Owen said: “An eco­log­i­cal sur­vey was car­ried out and deemed to be in or­der. “English Na­ture were con­sulted and raised no ob­jec­tion to the de­vel­op­ment, sub­ject to fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions for bats. “There are trees sub­ject to preser­va­tion or­ders which re­main pro­tected. Some other dis­eased trees have had to be felled or pol­larded on safety grounds. “Prepara­tory veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance work has been car­ried out on the site, in ad­vance of bird nest­ing sea­son, in ac­cor­dance with RSPB rec­om­men­da­tions. “Oc­cu­pa­tion of the site should help in avoid­ing the van­dal­ism and lit­ter that has spoiled it for a con­sid­er­able time.” The coun­cil said only a small sec­tion of the pond will be filled in.

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