Keep your graf­fiti in your back yard

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

I WAS ap­palled by the at­ti­tude of the mother who com­plained (March 15) about the peo­ple in Grey­hound Close who spoke to her chil­dren about writ­ing with chalk on pave­ments. This in­ci­dent may be dressed up as child’s play but it is graf­fiti which is, there­fore, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. If this mother wishes to en­cour­age th­ese bud­ding pave­ment artists maybe it could be re­stricted to her pa­tio, or is it a case of “not in my back yard”? Now we’ve let off steam, can we now live in the de­vel­op­ment in har­mony? Alec Rowlatt, Grey­hound Close, Great Chart

To late to shed tears for ‘blot’

I feel I should re­spond to your ar­ti­cle, “Gone for­ever – the Oast lost to Flats” con­cern­ing Singleton Oast (March 22). I grew up in Great Chart and 40 years ago this build­ing was empty and derelict. It has been many, many years since it was used for the pur­pose it was built. Since the fire it has been very un­safe and a blot on this part of our parish. The time to shed a tear for this “his­toric” build­ing has long gone. For many years now the parish coun­cil has been deal­ing with com­plaints about the state of the whole area. As for the stag­nant, dirty smelly wa­ter fea­ture nearby – this is long over­due for some im­prove­ment. The de­vel­op­ment that will fill this space will take care of both is­sues. There is a hope that the part of the pond di­rectly be­hind the shops will be filled in and grassed over, al­low­ing more room for the chil­dren to play along­side the new play area which about to be in­stalled. The rest of the pond will be­come a fea­ture for the flats and en­able the wildlife to grow and pros­per. The birds are still there and will soon be ac­com­pa­nied by the sound of happy chil­dren at play – surely progress at its best for once. Ian McClin­tock, chair­man, Great Chart with Singleton parish coun­cil

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