Col­lege the ideal place to lay for­got­ten mo­saic

Sug­ges­tion for town mu­ral left to rot out­side

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An Ash­ford res­i­dent has come up with a cre­ative sug­ges­tion for a new home for an aban­doned mo­saic which shows the his­tory of the town.

Fred­die Cle­ments, 70, has sug­gested that the mu­ral, de­signed by Mar­ion Bran­dis, Ni­cholas Martin and Ash­ford school­child­ren 27 years ago, be dis­played in the new Ash­ford Col­lege when it opens in Septem­ber.

It was com­mis­sioned by Kent County Coun­cil (KCC) for the en­trance to the old li­brary in Church Road and dis­plays var­i­ous as­pects of life in Ash­ford.

It was re­moved in 2010, when the li­brary was de­mol­ished and re­placed by the Ash­ford Gate­way Plus build­ing.

Mr Cle­ments said: “Now the new col­lege is nearly fin­ished, is it too late to sug­gest drag­ging the Ash­ford mo­saic from the back of the li­brary, where it was dumped when they knocked the old one down, and have it put up in the foyer of the new col­lege?

“It will give the new stu­dents a quick his­tory les­son about Ash­ford!

“I doubt it would cost much, as the builders can drive around the cor­ner to col­lect it and they don’t need a crane to lift it into place, as they have the al­ready ma­chin­ery there on site.

“It’s a shame the coun­cil have not come up with any ideas for the mo­saic as it was al­ways a part of the town, but to just dump it at the back of the li­brary is not good.

“How long would it take to make the de­ci­sion, I won­der?

“If they don’t put it in the col- lege, what’s go­ing to hap­pen to it?”

The mu­ral was stored for a short time at As­so­ciate House un­til KCC sold the build­ing, and then split into two pieces and stored in the car park be­hind the Gate­way build­ing in 2012 as a ‘tem­po­rary mea­sure’ by KCC due to its size.

At one stage, there were talks about mov­ing the mo­saic to the Willes­bor­ough Wind­mill, which never came to fruition.

Had­low Col­lege were un­able to com­ment at this stage.

KCC were con­tacted for com­ment but hadn’t re­sponded as the KE went to press yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

What do you think of the idea of reloact­ing it to the new Ash­ford Col­lege? Email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. or write to 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR.


The town mo­saic that used to be in the old li­brary was re­moved when the new build­ing was built

Mo­saic has been out­side the Ash­ford Gate­way build­ing since 2010; Mr Cle­ments said it should be in the Ash­ford Col­lege

Cllr Bernard and Mrs Sylvia Moor­man, the then Mayor and May­oress of Ash­ford, with some of the chil­dren who helped create the mo­saic in the town’s old li­brary

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