Regime’s delu­sions of grandeur

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

I SHOULD not have been sur­prised to read in the Ken­tish Ex­press that the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil was in the South of France at the Cannes Prop­erty Expo, show­ing off a £26,000 model of our town cen­tre. Elected coun­cil­lors did not know of this and have not seen the model. Then as a coun­cil­lor the first I knew of the de­tails of the now de­funct Iconic build­ing for a Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre was from the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard. The in­fa­mous £1bn Im­pe­rial Col­lege Wye Con­cor­dat project, now also de­funct, was kept se­cret from us for seven months and was never de­bated in coun­cil. Cur­rently the £30m Ash­ford Arena is un­der wraps. Is this se­crecy the stan­dard of democ­racy the pub­lic wants? The delu­sions of grandeur of this cash-strapped but prof­li­gate coun­cil regime are breath­tak­ing. What next? Cllr Peter Dav­i­son, Birchett Lane, Ham­street, Ash­ford

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