Builders re­turn to find site flooded

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A town cen­tre build­ing site was a vic­tim of Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day’s tor­ren­tial rain.

Con­trac­tors work­ing on the re­cently-named Bak­ers Court, in North Street, dis­cov­ered the board­ing sur­round­ing the devel­op­ment had fallen into a flooded trench when they ar­rived at work on Tues­day.

A plat­form which will be­come an un­der­ground car park has also been left un­der a layer of wa­ter.

S i t e mana g e r Ke v i n Schofield, from Durkan, said: “We got ab­so­lutely flooded.

“It was a bit of a shock when we came into work on Tues­day. We had a trench filled with wa­ter.

“We’re build­ing an un­der­croft for park­ing, and this is now un­der two inches of wa­ter.

“Our drainage sys­tem hasn’t been hooked up yet. We need to get it pumped.

“I’ve been here since De­cem­ber and I’ve never seen flood­ing like it.

“One sec­tion of board­ing had also slipped into the trench. This will be re-in­stalled next week.”

Metal fenc­ing has now been se­cured around the sec­tion where the board­ing was dam­aged, on the cor­ner of Hardinge Road.

Ash­down Court, as the site has been known since 1976, was de­mol­ished in Jan­uary to make way for the new devel­op­ment.

The project is ex­pected to be com­plete in sum­mer 2015 and will com­prise two three-bed­room houses, 20 two-bed­room apart­ments and five one bed­room apart­ments.

On Tues­day, a flood alert was is­sued for parts of Ash­ford from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency. Risk ar­eas in­cluded the River Stour from Char­ing Heath to the A2070 in Ash­ford, com­mu­ni­ties on the East Stour, the White­wa­ter and Ruckinge Dykes and the Ayles­ford Stream.

The car park of the Gal­lagher Re­tail Park, off Nor­man Road, was also par­tially flooded.

Site man­ager Kevin Schofield said it was a bit of a shock when work­ers ar­rived at the Bak­ers Court site in North Street to find it flooded af­ter the down­pours

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