Why must I pay to work for the trust?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

FUR­THER to your story (March 22) re­gard­ing the prof­its made by the East Kent Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust from park­ing charges, I would like to point out that some of this profit comes from mem­bers of staff. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of a park­ing pol­icy in 2003, the al­lo­ca­tion of park­ing per­mits to staff has dropped dra­mat­i­cally. Be­tween 2003 and 2006, I was granted a park­ing per­mit. De­spite there be­ing no changes in my per­sonal cir­cum­stances, last June I was told I was no longer el­i­gi­ble. De­spite sev­eral ap­peals, in­clud­ing one from my line man­ager, I – like many other mem­bers of staff – am now forced to park in the pub­lic car park at a cost of be­tween £13.50 and £30 a week, de­pend­ing on the hours I work. I have been a loyal em­ployee of the trust and its pre­de­ces­sor for more than 20 years. I am not a nurse, so I am on a lot less money than a lot of the trust’s other em­ploy­ees. Yet I am forced to pay to serve the trust and my com­mu­nity. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

Glar­ing need for a plas­tic col­lec­tion

IT sur­prises me that Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has not in­sti­gated a plas­tic house­hold waste col­lec­tion and set up a po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive plas­tic re­cy­cling plant. I can­not help notic­ing the large amount of plas­tic rub­bish we pro­duce, and I could eas­ily sep­a­rate the plas­tic from my rub­bish as I try to do with glass and pa­per. There is a glar­ing need for plas­tic to be dis­posed of sep­a­rately as part of the coun­cil’s reg­u­lar re­cy­cling col­lec­tion. A plas­tic re­cy­cling plant would be an added bonus and would cut the need for land­fill and in­cin­er­a­tion. David Ber­rie, Wye Road, Boughton Lees, Ash­ford

Cllr Paul Clokie

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