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Demolition of Bockhanger Community Centre in Kennington, Ashford delayed

By Georgia Woolf

The demolition of a run-down community centre has been delayed following the discovery of more asbestos.

Preparation work to demolish the Bockhanger Community Hall in Kennington, Ashford, started earlier this month after council chiefs said the building was "beyond economic repair".

The 50-year-old structure is to be knocked down at a cost of £150,000 and replaced with topsoil until a decision about its redevelopment is made.

The centre has been boarded up. Picture: Andy Jones
The centre has been boarded up. Picture: Andy Jones

But now, demolition work has been suspended until further traces of asbestos are removed from the site.

An Ashford Borough Council spokesman said: "Pre-demolition work discovered additional asbestos under the flooring in the lobby area, which has led to a slight delay in the hard demolition.

"The demolition will commence once all traces of asbestos are safely removed from the building."

The building is set to be demolished
The building is set to be demolished

Last month, a campaign was launched calling on council bosses to replace the community centre.

The petition - set up by Charing-resident Diccon Spain - has since attracted more than 400 signatures.

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