Bol­lard plan to stop more cars crash­ing into pub

Land­lords say £200,000 worth of dam­age has been caused

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Anniversary Event - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Land­lords have ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to put up iron bol­lards around their pub to stop way­ward ve­hi­cles ca­reer­ing into it.

Brian Davies took over the Swan Inn at Lit­tle Chart in Jan­uary last year, but since then the grade 1 listed build­ing has been struck twice by cars.

In Novem­ber a car caused £100,000 worth of dam­age to the front of the pub, while in Fe­bru­ary Mr Davies and part­ner Roy O’Neill were awo­ken by an “almighty crash” after a van ploughed through the wall inches from where they slept.

Mr Davies said: “The pub is open, but it’s still split in two halves. We’ve had two cars crash into the build­ing, then a push­bike hit at 30mph and smashed a load of pots out­side.

“The bol­lards will be spaced out, so that un­less a car drives straight on, it will hit the bol­lards first which will hope­fully slow it down be­fore it hits the build­ing.” He said the bol­lards have been de­signed to match the his­toric de­sign of the pub, while new bricks for the wall have also had to be found as they are no longer made.

Mr Davies said he es­ti­mates around £200,000 worth of dam­age has been caused to the pub and re­pairs are con­tin­u­ing.

Work­men ar­rived on site three weeks ago and will con­tinue to re­pair the pub for the next six to eight weeks.

Mean­while there have been ef­forts to bring in fur­ther mea­sures to slow traf­fic on the bend around Swan Lane, which is al­ready a 30mph zone.

Lit­tle Chart Par­ish Council has dis­cussed the is­sue and Ash­ford MP Damian Green has also shown his sup­port to find so­lu­tions for Mr Davies and Mr O’Neill.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion calls for 16 Manch­ester-style cast iron bol­lards, con­nected with a chain, which will wrap around the front en­trance in Swan Lane and into The Street.

To view the plans visit www. ash­ford.gov.uk and search for ref­er­ence 17/00961/AS.

Brian Davies in­spects the dam­age after a van crashed into the Swan Inn, Lit­tle Chart

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