Driv­ers rally to cause

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1173066

Traf­fic flow­ing freely at Junc­tion 10 at 9am on Mon­day

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1171984

The Tesco store in Park Farm, Kingsnorth

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