Kentish Express Ashford & District
Demolished in the name of ‘progress’
Back in the 1960s and 70s, there was a trend across the country where long-standing and untouched cross sections of our historic towns and cities were concreted over and given the modernity treatment.
These decisions were always met with controversy, making the landowners and planning authorities incredibly unpopular.
Some 50 to 60 years later, planners are still as unpopular and controversial insomuch as some seemingly care even less when it comes to the opinions and plights of those who are directly affected by their proposals.
Years ago, many had their homes or even their business premises destroyed in the name of progress and shut up shop for good where the latter was concerned.
There are many still very aware of the antics of our past planners and scores of people still have stories of how parts of our town were ruined.
While a town or city needs to move with the times, the gripe is predominantly against the sacrifice of many beautiful buildings and indeed their replacement by ugly and soulless alternatives.
Streets and streets of residences in our town of Ashford were sacrificed for some of the most ugly of buildings and senseless developments.
Historical cross-sections of the town’s buildings fell derelict after being earmarked for demolition.
Time after time, history was cleared and land was prepared for new buildings.
There have been plenty of sites across town like that over the decades.
With the amount of new residences being thrown up in the area today, it seems a bit crazy that there were many good streets and houses sacrificed throughout the years.
With better planning, there would have been no need to build so many new-builds some 50-plus years later.
This week, Remember When takes a look back at the area cleared for the Tufton Centre in the early 1970s and where scores of residences and business premises once stood.
Do you have any photographs or slides of old Ashford you would be willing to loan me, to enable them to be scanned for a possible feature in the Kentish Express?
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Write to me: Steve Salter, Kentish Express Remember When, Unit 4, Park Mall Shopping Centre, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8RY or call 01233 623232.