I pray the money is spent wisely

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

THE news that £370,000 has been al­lo­cated to in­crease the cy­cle net­work is wel­come. This sum would be a tiny drop in the ocean of the road bud­get, while it would make an im­pact on cy­cle­ways, which are sim­pler and cheap. How­ever, I pray that that money is spent wisely. Af­ter years of ne­glect, there is a tremen­dous amount of catch­ing up to do. Of the skimpy routes set out in KCC’s Cy­cle Kent book­let, only about five per cent are high­lighted as ‘traf­fic free’. Typ­i­cally there still is no safe cy­cle route link­ing Ten­ter­den to nearby St Michael’s, and cy­cling through th­ese towns is a night­mare. Cy­clists have vir­tu­ally been driven off the road in High Halden through the in­tro­duc­tion of pinch-points, and this pat­tern is re­peated through­out most of the county. Try cy­cling to, and through, Chal­lock, etc. It is all very well for the Gov­ern­ment to change their strat­egy on cy­cle train­ing, but we des­per­ately need a cy­cle net­work, which is safe for all age groups and abil­i­ties to use in rea­son­able safety. Just is­su­ing ‘Cy­cle Pro­fi­ciency Cer­tifi­cates’, and then send­ing chil­dren out onto our roads in the present cli­mate, is like throw­ing lambs to the wolves. Ted Prangnell, Ken­ning­ton.

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Op­po­si­tion leader has a bad me­mory

READ­ING Cllr Dav­i­son’s let­ter (March 22), one would not have re­alised that I meet with him and the other op­po­si­tion lead­ers ev­ery four weeks, to an­swer ques­tions or brief them on what is go­ing on. One would also not have gath­ered that a pre­sen­ta­tion on a pos­si­ble arena had been made to a large num­ber of coun­cil­lors some weeks ago. Coun­cil­lors agreed at that pre­sen­ta­tion to find out more and come back to the idea in due course through the nor­mal coun­cil pro­cesses. It would be churl­ish of me to won­der if the good coun­cil­lor’s short-term me­mory is in any way linked to the im­mi­nent bor­ough coun­cil elec­tion, so I shall not do so. Cllr Paul Clokie, leader, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil

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