Ashford Borough Council

Oak Tree Road/Little Knoll

Update from ABC website issued 16.00 19th Jun:

Work has continued on site all day to make the structure safe in Oak Tree Road.

Following an assessment by building surveyors from the Ashford Borough Council’s building control team on Wednesday, most of the first floor was found to be unstable and all of the properties have suffered fire and/or water damage. As a priority, removal of the dangerous parts of the structure began yesterday morning and good progress has been made with the controlled removal of those parts. It is anticipated that the structural work will be completed today but work to clear the surrounding rubble and debris will continue into tomorrow (Saturday 20 June 2015). (more…)

Oak Tree Road/Little Knoll

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) officers remain on site alongside representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following Monday’s incident. Yesterday the emergency services handed the site over to the HSE and they are continuing their investigation.

When this is complete they will then hand the site over to ABCl, which we hope will be by tomorrow morning. Due to the significant structural, fire and water damage the site remains a dangerous location and will continue to be cordoned off to the public. (more…)

Festival needs your fountain of knowledge

The Create Festival will this year celebrate the 174th birthday of Mr George Harper, who donated the Hubert Fountain to Ashford. However, festival organisers are keen to know more about the man who bestowed it to the town’s people back in 1912.

Does anyone have any old photographs of him? Is anyone distantly related to him, or does anyone know someone who is?

If you have any interesting stories to tell please email: and the best responses will form part of the proceedings on 23rd July and be shared with local media.

For more information refer to the event on our Calendar