It’s not chaos with no lights – it’s better
WE WERE warned that we were going to have months of chaos during the roadworks at junction 10. But no... it’s fantastic without the traffic lights. Everything flows like a dream. No more jams at any of the approaches, regardless of time of day, even at peak times. Motorists drive with more care and attention and it’s far better than when we had the traffic lights that were always out of sync. Please, please do not put the traffic lights back, it’s far better without them! Gill Papi, Ruffets Wood, Ashford.
SINCE the traffic lights have been switched off on the roundabout at junction 10, am I mad or does the traffic actually flow through this area quickly and easily? I have been around this island at least 30 times at all times of the day, including rush hour, and find the traffic flowing freely, and without the long tailbacks on Hythe Road and on the exit slip southbound on the M20. All the other entry and exit ways are also free moving, with no long queues, especially coming out of Tesco, Crooksfoot, on a Sunday, normally a long-winded affair, with a tailback frequently running into the car park. I suppose we will get the lights back and the roundabout will be upgraded and wider and we will get longer-than-ever queues. Will someone look at this situation and actually see what the traffic is doing without the constriction of the lights? Steve Webb, by e-mail.
AS A regular user of the roundabout at junction 10, I have noticed that since they have turned off the traffic lights, despite the roadworks, I haven’t been held up there for quite a while. Doesn’t this tell us something about how useless the lights were in managing the traffic on the roundabout? Peter Hodgson, Hunter Road, Willesborough.
I HAVE noticed that since the traffic lights have been taken away from junction 10, the traffic is flowing much more smoothly. Are there lessons to be learned? Like the great British public is still capable of making its own decisions, whatever our “control freak” leaders think? Richard Beaugie, Shadoxhurst, Ashford.
‘Nimbys’ should be applauded
I REFER to the plaintive regrets of Pete Raine (ex-KCC) mourning the loss of Wye Park, and to the criticisms of “Nimbys” put by Peter Hobbs (Channel Chamber of Commerce, both February 22). First, it is a lazy criticism to label as “Nimbys” people who seek to protect local environment, albeit their own, which is to be applauded. In my experience they are decent people who often display far greater concern for the natural environment than those in authority or with influence. They are not a “vocal minority”. On Wye, the residents always supported a research centre. There was never any offer of a “compromise” in Mr Raine’s words, nor any offer to “sit around the table”. Indeed, the deputy rector of Imperial announced that it was “an all or nothing project” with thousands of house and cash surpluses for Imperial. It was these failings by the promulgators, including the councils, that led ultimately to a retreat and failure of Napoleonic proportions. Ben Moorhead, chairman Wye Future Group, Bodsham, Ashford.
Are we in decline?
Big projects do nothing for us
AS AN Ashford resident for the past 35 years, I have become increasingly disturbed by the general deterioration of the borough.
Work continues on Junction 10 in Ashford