We can­not go back to the old junc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

THE re­sponse to our cam­paign to keep Junc­tion 10 mov­ing has been over­whelm­ing. All of you agree the busy round­about has never worked bet­ter than it does now with­out the traf­fic lights. Our pe­ti­tion still needs more sig­na­tures if we are to re­ally drive the point home that some­thing needs to change. Peo­ple trav­el­ling to work at the William Har­vey hospi­tal and other lo­cal work­places, par­ents on the school run and peo­ple pass­ing through the town have all said their jour­neys have been sig­nif­i­cantly short­ened. They also say the junc­tion is a more pleas­ant place to drive, with­out the usual jams of frus­trated peo­ple rush­ing to get through the lights. It is clear that we can­not go back to the way it was. A re­sponse like this can­not be ig­nored. THE

wel­come news that ar­range­ments have been made to keep Ash­ford Rocks open to all its fans shows the value of con­sul­ta­tion and com­mon sense. A com­pro­mise be­tween the au­thor­i­ties and the man­age­ment will let mu­sic lovers un­der the age of 16 at­tend the event with­out an adult in tow, by di­vid­ing the venue into li­censed and un­li­censed ar­eas. And it should not be forgotten that the peo­ple who stood to be ex­cluded from the con­certs - the young­sters them­selves - played a big part in the speedy res­o­lu­tion of the prob­lem. A group of them col­lected 300 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties to keep Ash­ford Rocks open to them. Their suc­cess­ful cam­paign, car­ried out in per­son, on­line and through this news­pa­per, is a laud­able ex­am­ple of grass roots democ­racy.

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