Why must I pay to work for the trust?
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