De­mo­li­tion of town eye­sore set to be­gin

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ Work has be­gun to turn an eye­sore site in the town cen­tre into af­ford­able hous­ing.

Affin­ity Sut­ton has con­firmed that con­trac­tors are now start­ing the first stages of de­mol­ish­ing Ash­down Court in North Street, Ash­ford.

Work­men re­cently re­placed blue wooden boards sur­round­ing the derelict build­ing, which were ripped down by stormy weather in Oc­to­ber.

Affin­ity’s re­gional de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Joyce Fer­gu­son said: “We are re­ally pleased to be start­ing work on site at Ash­down Court and are de­lighted to be de­liv­er­ing much needed new af­ford­able hous­ing for the area.

“Ash­down Court is in a great lo­ca­tion, with easy ac­cess to Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional train sta­tion and the M20.

“This, along with the af­ford­able rent of­fer, makes it ideal for hard work­ing fam­i­lies or­di­nar­ily priced out of the pri­vate rental mar­ket.”

In April 2013, we re­ported how Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil had granted per­mis­sion for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the block of 45 for­mer coun­cil flats, which be­came no­to­ri­ous for prob­lems with crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The di­lap­i­dated build­ing, which has been com­pared to a prison block, will be knocked down and 27 new af­ford­able homes built on the site.

They will be made up of two three-bed­room houses, 20 twobed­room apart­ments and five one-bed­room apart­ments, with as­so­ci­ated park­ing and bi­cy­cle stor­age.

All of the prop­er­ties will be avail­able at af­ford­able rents, up to 80% of the mar­ket rate, and are aimed at peo­ple and fam­i­lies on low to mid­dle in­comes.

The de­vel­op­ment has been de­signed in a con­tem­po­rary style to com­pli­ment the sur­round­ing prop­er­ties and will be built with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind.

Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Spring 2015

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

An artist’s im­pres­sion of new hous­ing at Ash­down Court and what the site looks like now

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