Birds are not the only rare species
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