Tree cut down to stop fence collapse
A TREE has been removed from the grounds of a derelict block of flats after it caused problems by pushing out hoardings in North Street.
Workmen were sent to cut the tree down with a chain saw last Wednesday at Ashdown Court, a block of 45 former council flats. The branches had been pushing the boards surrounding the old flats for some time threatening a collapse on to the pavement.
The block of flats was closed in 2007 after problems with crime and antisocial behaviour.
A proposal by owners Downland Housing Association to demolish the building and replace it with a new block of 40 affordable flats, an office and parking, was rejected by Ashford council a year later.
A subsequent appeal for the £5.2 million scheme was rejected by the planning inspectorate in July last year, but the owners are still looking to develop the site.