Birds are not the only rare species

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

THE story on Ash­ford street light­ing and the ou­traged coun­cil­lor brought a wry smile (March 1). The path that runs be­tween Sev­ing­ton Mill and fol­lows the millstream to the Bad Mun­stereifel Road, as it runs on the perime­ter of the High­field es­tate, has for the past two years con­tained three types of street light­ing. Those that are on day and night, those that are out day and night and those that work nor­mally. They have re­mained so over the past two years, de­spite e-mails and phone calls to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil. Last sum­mer a rare species was seen on the path – a coun­cil worker who was care­fully in­spect­ing the afore­said lights. It was an op­por­tu­nity that could not be missed! I pointed out to him the sit­u­a­tion. His re­ply “it’s the birds, they peck the sen­sors.” One was at­tacked some 12 months ago and so far has not been re­paired. It must have been a large bird! On care­ful study, I have come to the con­clu­sion it was a species of ‘Coun­cilus Tax­ious Ri­sious Rex.’ Colin Burgess, Fo­ley Close, Willes­bor­ough, Ash­ford.

I AM writ­ing re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing the 600 street lights which are not work­ing across Ash­ford (March 1). Whilst be­ing ex­tremely sup­port­ive of the cam­paign to en­sure Ash­ford’s streets re­main well lit up, in dis­cour­ag­ing crime and en­sur­ing main­tained road safety, I was dis­ap­pointed to see that out of all the 600 street lights dam­aged across Ash­ford, the only pho­to­graph re­lated to the ar­ti­cle showed a Stan­hope street­light. Are Stan­hope street lights dif­fer­ent to all the oth­ers in Ash­ford? Could I ask what made the Ken­tish Ex­press broad­cast an im­age of a Stan­hope street light, in­stead of one from Park Farm, Sev­ing­ton or any­where else in Ash­ford? The com­mu­nity of Stan­hope is mov­ing for­ward at a dras­tic pace. Crime rates are fall­ing dra­mat­i­cally and are at their low­est, there is a strong sense of com­mu­nity co­he­sion and strength. Whilst I un­der­stand it may not be in­ten­tional, I would rec­om­mend the Ken­tish Ex­press be more sen­si­tive when choos­ing where to take their pho­to­graphs. “A pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words.” The pic­ture fea­tured in this ar­ti­cle presents a thou­sand deroga­tory and neg­a­tive words; rem­i­nis­cent of the old Stan­hope, not the hope­ful fu­ture the peo­ple of Stan­hope are wel­com­ing. Bren­dan Chilton, by e-mail.

Ed­i­tor’s note: The Stan­hope street light was pic­tured be­cause a reader con­tacted us about the fact it was not work­ing.

Street lights: some are on day and night, some are off day and night, and some work nor­mally. See let­ter, left

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