Me­mo­rial de­tails

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Police Matters -

Last week’s pa­per car­ried a story about a me­mo­rial ser­vice be­ing held in Eger­ton for Amer­i­can and Cana­dian air­men who lost their lives in the Sec­ond World War. We have been asked to point out that the event was or­gan­ised by Sue Palmer and hus­band John for the first time.

They took over the role from her aunt Sheila Palmer and her hus­band Alan who had pre­vi­ously or­gan­ised the an­nual event for 38 years. Own­ers of a his­toric vil­lage pub say they hope to in­stall bol­lards around their busi­ness this month to stop way­ward ve­hi­cles ca­reer­ing into it.

Fire­fight­ers, paramedics and po­lice were called to The Swan Inn in Lit­tle Chart ear­lier this year when a van ploughed into the side of the pub – caus­ing an es­ti­mated £200,000 of dam­age.

Now land­lord Brian Davies, 56, says he is pre­par­ing to in­stall 16 oak bol­lards around his busi­ness – but is wait­ing on Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) to ap­prove his plans this month.

“The place was closed 18 months ago and we have turned it around since tak­ing it over then, so it was a bit soul de­stroy- ing,” said Mr Davies. “The new bol­lards will help stop the dam­age – we need to crack on.”

ABC last month ap­proved Mr Davies’ plans for cast iron bol­lards, but he has since de­cided to fit oak ob­struc­tions – sup­ported by Lit­tle Chart Par­ish Coun­cil.

The van crash in Fe­bru­ary came just three months af­ter a car caused £100,000 worth of dam­age to the front of the pub –

It was one of nu­mer­ous inci- dents in re­cent years. “The van was do­ing 60mph or 70mph when it hit – we only fin­ished the re­pairs last week,” said Mr Davies.

He added that af­ter the col­li­sions some peo­ple thought the pub was closed be­cause of the on­go­ing restora­tion works.

“It’s a listed build­ing, so all bricks are hand-made.

It takes time for them to be made,” he said.

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