END OF AN ERA AS 1960S’ BUILD­ING BOOKS OUT OF TOWN De­mo­li­tion is set to make way for mod­ern li­brary

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

IT was the fi­nal chap­ter for Ash­ford Li­brary on Fri­day when the de­mo­li­tion of the 1960s build­ing be­gan.

KCC li­brary boss Mike Hill sat in­side the dig­ger that ploughed into the side of the Church Road build­ing mark­ing the start of the con­struc­tion of a new £7.6 mil­lion build­ing.

As the dig­ger struck the side of the build­ing the wall crum­bled down re­veal­ing the des­o­late in­te­rior.

Over the next 12 months the rest of the site will be de­mol­ished to make way for a mod­ern-look­ing build­ing.

On hand for the wall-break­ing cer­e­mony were Ash­ford mayor Cllr John Hol­land, coun­cil leader Cllr Paul Clokie and Ash­ford’s Fu­ture boss Ju­dith Ar­mitt.

She told said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic day and there’s noth­ing quite like see­ing the de­mo­li­tion get­ting started and the project get- ting un­der way.

“It will be quickly fol­lowed by the new build­ing which is go­ing to be a big im­prove­ment in fa­cil­i­ties for the peo­ple of Ash­ford.

“There is big change go­ing on here and that ties in with what else is go­ing on in Ash­ford.”

The new li­brary, due to open next year, will house Ash­ford’s reg­is­ter of­fice, rooms for civil cer­e­monies, so­cial care for adults, adult ed­u­ca­tion classes, space for art ex­hi­bi­tions and a cafe.

Books, DVDs, CDs and the usual li­brary fa­cil­i­ties have now been moved to a mini li­brary in Ash­ford’s Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre.

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Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1703234

KCC’s Mike Hill and VIPs pose for pic­tures at the start of de­mo­li­tion work on the old Ash­ford Li­brary

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