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GOOD NEWS: Historic World War II Pill Box in Garston to be restored after demolition 

 Published on: 2nd February 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

The historic World War II Pill Box in Garston has been demolished but Watford Borough Council said it will be restored to its original condition.

Planning permission to a detached bungalow located on the corner between St Albans Road and North Orbital Road was given in 2014 for a building with four flats.

According to the planning report The World War II Pill Box in the rear garden was to be retained but this was not the case.

Cllr Tim Williams ward member for Stanborough raised the matter with Watford Borough Council and is glad to hear the council’s decision.

He said: “I was shocked when I recently discovered the Garston Pill Box had been dismantled. I reported it to the council and it’s great to report that the council has been working with the architect for the site.

“The Garston Pill Box, as an important historic structure, will now be restored to its original condition, so it can be shared and enjoyed by the public. As with a lot of things it had fallen into disrepair over the years, with much of the brick work removed, metalwork falling off and invasive weeds causing it to break apart. 

“Fortunately, the foundations and lower courses are still there and the project will focus on putting it back to the way it was in 1940. 

“Watford played an important role in both the two World Wars given the town’s proximity to training camps and transport links and as such has many interesting military artefacts and structures, and its vital for the town’s heritage that we protect them.”

Picture credit Cllr Tim Williams

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