We cannot go back to the old junction
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.