Pos­i­tive re­sponse

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Re­spond­ing to Mr Legge’s claims an Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Af­ter the in­ci­dent coun­cil staff ar­rived on the scene swiftly to as­sist those af­fected by set­ting up an emer­gency wel­fare cen­tre, ar­rang­ing overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­sur­ing the dam­aged block was se­cured that evening.

“The ex­plo­sion and sub­se­quent ac­tion by Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice in­evitably caused fire, smoke and wa­ter dam­age to per­sonal pos­ses­sions. We strongly rec­om­mend to all our ten­ants to take up con­tents in­sur­ance for their per­sonal pos­ses­sions.

“Staff went above and be­yond their du­ties to pro­vide ex­tra care to ten­ants, ar­rang­ing a cash pay­ment to help them meet ini­tial ex­penses, work­ing with them to re­move and store as many items that could be sal­vaged and re­hous­ing ten­ants as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We also praised the lo­cal com­mu­nity in their fundrais­ing ef­forts and do­na­tions in the fol­low­ing days and weeks. Sadly in­ci­dents such as th­ese can hap­pen and can af­fect any­one but we feel the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity pulled to­gether to sup­port those in need, re­flected in the pos­i­tive feed­back we re­ceived from many of the af­fected ten­ants.”

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