Protestors made their views clear
YOU printed an article by Peter Raine (February 22) bemoaning the decision to prevent Imperial College building many more houses in Wye. Surely the subject has been aired sufficiently to make it abundantly clear? Firstly that a very large group of local protestors was adamantly opposed to having their village turned into a mini suburb of Ashford; and secondly Imperial College were not in any way guaranteeing the new jobs that were suggested would follow. Areas of national beauty need to be preserved for posterity and KCC are to be castigated for their recent decision to override all planning guidelines by siting their new highways depot on just such an area near Wrotham. Our trust fully supports the efforts made by CPRE to preserve our countryside, or what remains of it, from the depredations of developers and government officials. The whole intention of preserving green belts is to prevent developers getting their hands on it. Ian Grant, chairman Ashford Rural Trust.
WELL, you have to laugh, don’t you? Reading of Peter Raine’s disappointment regarding the demise of Imperial College’s plans for Wye, he says that there was an acceptable solution there “if we had sat around the table to talk it through”. Ask any member of Wye parish council or the Wye Future Group how many times they tried to “sit around the table” with very reasonable proposals and how many times they were met with evasiveness and diversionary tactics. Yes, Ashford does need to offer more employment but this has to be on sites where the infrastructure of roads and services have been put in place. Wye and the surrounding area would have gone through a long nightmare of road building, even before the totally unacceptable number of houses proposed, could be built. Janet Hullett, Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford.