Tree cut down to stop fence col­lapse

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

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.

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