END OF AN ERA AS 1960S’ BUILDING BOOKS OUT OF TOWN Demolition is set to make way for modern library
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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KCC’s Mike Hill and VIPs pose for pictures at the start of demolition work on the old Ashford Library