Pub is re­minder of old Eastern Bloc

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Ev­ery time I am in the vicin­ity of New Street I see the ap­palling sight that greets one’s eyes – ie, the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing build­ing that was once the proud Prince Al­bert pub.

The sce­nario re­minds me of some years ago (1990) when I was cy­cling through what had been The DDR (com­mu­nist East Ger­many). I was shocked at the state of the in­fra­struc­ture, build­ings fall­ing apart, roofs cav­ing in, build­ings hav­ing gone more than 60 years with­out so much of a lick of paint.

Is Ash­ford be­com­ing a third world state too?

The Prince Al­bert (in­cor­po­rat­ing the Prince of Orange) site was sched­uled to be auc­tioned off on March 30 this year. Then it was tem­po­rar­ily re­moved from the mar­ket. There was some talk of de­mol­ish­ing the build­ing and re­plac­ing it with five-storey apart­ments. This was a grade II listed build­ing, so do we want to lose it and yet an­other part of Ash­ford’s her­itage? Ted Prangnell Ken­ning­ton A2070 at a rea­son­able speed rather than like join­ing the M20 with­out a slip road. It’s a ma­jor ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

We need to fight this ev­ery step of the way. Where does Ash­ford MP Damian Green stand in all this? Sue Her­itage Sev­ing­ton

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