War memo­rial scheme for rail works re­de­vel­op­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

LIVES lost at the old rail­way works in Ash­ford dur­ing the Sec­ond World War could be com­mem­o­rated with a memo­rial when new homes are built.

Ac­cord­ing to an on­line roll of hon­our, 18 peo­ple lost their lives in 1942 and 1943 when the works were bombed.

Reader Beatrice Shrub­sole con­tacted the Ken­tish Ex­press af­ter our story about re­de­vel­op­ment of the dis­used works and has been asked to get in touch with de­vel­op­ers Kier to dis­cuss her ideas on how best to com­mem­o­rate those who died.

Beatrice lost her fa­ther Jack Brown on March 24, 1943 af­ter a bomb ric­o­cheted into a wall near where he was work­ing. The wall fell on him and he was found dead un­der the rub­ble. Beatrice was just nine months old at the time.

Plans have been sub­mit­ted for the first phase of restora­tion of the old South­ern Rail­way Works in New Town Road.

De­signs by Kier are for 107 homes in­clud­ing houses and apart­ments. Kier wants to build 788 houses and flats plus 140 homes within listed build­ings on the 7.88 hectare site.

Kier spokesman Jane Ma­son said: “Any Kier de­signs for the de­vel­op­ment would re­flect the his­tor­i­cal con­text of the site, and a plaque re­gard­ing the his­tory and work­ings of the rail­way site has al­ready been men­tioned in de­sign meet­ings.”

The Ken­tish Ex­press would like to hear from you if you lost a loved one at the rail­way works and hear what ideas you have to mark the site. Email ken­tish­exp ress@thek­m­group.co.uk or write to 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR.

Th­ese houses at New­town, Ash­ford, were de­stroyed in July, 1940. This part of the town of­ten bore the brunt of the raids in­tended for the rail­way works

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