Drivers rally to cause
Hundreds sign campaign petition as talks continue between road chiefs
DISCUSSIONS are in full swing over the fate of the Junction 10 roundabout.
More than 700 people have signed our petition online or at our office in North Street, Ashford, to keep the junction moving.
The Highways Agency said it was still considering the options of how to operate the notoriously busy roundabout.
In the past few weeks, the junction has become something of a “magic roundabout” – a phrase used by many of the hundreds of people who have added their views to our online Speak Out.
Motorists have reported how, since the lights were removed, traffic is flowing freely and jams are a thing of the past.
The Highways Agency said the traffic lights will remain off until the end of June when the roadworks are completed.
A decision as to whether the traffic lights are scrapped altogether, reinstated or put on a controlled system, will have been reached by then.
To add your name to our petition to help put pressure on the Highways Agency to find a long-term solution to congestion problems at the Junction 10 roundabout, visit www.kentonline.co.uk/ junction 10 or visit our office at 34-36 North Street, Ashford.
You can also send your views to the above address, e-mail kentishexpress.co.uk or follow the links to the Speak Out section on our website Kent Online.
I DO not live on Park Farm, but on a nearby estate which, in my view, suffers as much from litter and trolleys being strewn around as a result of Tesco being nearby. Tesco cannot be held responsible for the litter. It is the responsbility of the anti-social people who want to turn our environment into an eyesore. Trolleys being removed from the premises and dumped in streams and ditches could be prevented if Tesco invested in the magnetic brake system that locks the wheels once they leave the premises. If Tesco had a wider range of goods on sale, that would be a good thing. It would reduce the need to try to get into the town via the ring road and also provide more jobs. Many issues have been raised but a lot of the problems would still be around even if Tesco was not. Bill Hunter, Ashford (by email)
TESCO’s application to extend the Park Farm site (March 22) does not affect me physically, as I live in Woodchurch. But I was most perturbed to read the comment by Labour councillor Alan Alcock, who said he could not countenance the use of taxpayers’ money to oppose this application. Does this mean councillors like Mr Alcock will always roll over when applications, however unwanted or unnecessary, are made by wealthy or powerful applicants? Peter Hamlin, Shirkoak Park, Woodchurch
I AM strongly opposed to the enlargement of Tesco’s Park Farm store. The people living on the housing estate would definitely experience a deterioration in their quality of life. I think the application should be opposed with all guns blazing and any amount of taxpayers’ money used. Miss P.M. Davey, Front Road, Woodchurch
Speed limit drives me away from road
I AGREE with every word of the letter you published (March 22) from Jean Rolfe about the temporary 30mph speed limit between the McDonalds/French Connection roundabout and the Junction 10 roundabout. I find trying to keep to the 30mph speed limit on this stretch of road so unpleasant and dangerous I avoid using the road if possible. The present position is ridiculous. Either the highways authority is at fault for introducing too low a speed limit on this stretch of road, or the police are to blame for not enforcing it. Richard Gardner, New Rectory Lane, Ashford
THERE can be little, if any, doubt that Junction 10 is flowing more freely since the traffic lights were turned off. It reinforces the fact that safety and the rate of traffic flow are directly related to the level of responsibility laid on the shoulders of the motorist. I would add an additional element of responsibility that has proved eminently successful in the Channel Islands. On the approaches to a roundabout is posted a request: Filter In Turn. In other words, let one car from the right go past, then it is your turn. Such a measure at Junction 10 would ensure the queues of traffic on each approach would be constantly moving and not held up until a gap appears.
Traffic flowing freely at Junction 10 at 9am on Monday
The Tesco store in Park Farm, Kingsnorth