Big parties don’t have the answers
ONCE again the issues in local elections have been confused with national politics. Our local MP, a Conservative, talks about replacing Labour MPs at the next General Election. What has this to do with local issues? Although in the election at Wye, the Imperial College controversy had a big influence, there were other ongoing matters. Parking, road maintenance, traffic levels, waste collection, affordable housing. These concerns and many others are common to all areas of Ashford, and probably every other part of our country. But in the constant and futile argument between Conservative and Labour, and their idiotic point scoring, these everyday matters are downgraded to tiresome and irritating matters, of no real concern to those in ‘power’ ... of either party. Our group, and many similar non-political associations around Kent and other parts of our country, will continue to highlight that the best approach to local problems is through an independent grouping of concerned residents, with pro-active ideas and policies. Cllr J. Woodford, Wye Ward.
I WOULD like to say thank you to all the residents in Weald South Ward who voted for me in the borough council election. Although I was up against a big party machine, with large resources of cash, helpers and important politicians, the result showed that it is possible for individuals to win. With my wife and young son we personally called on some 1,750 homes. It was a hard slog but the friendly reception we got made it an enjoyable experience and more importantly an opportunity to learn what really matters to local people. Cllr Peter Davison, Birchett Lane, Hamstreet, Ashford.
I WOULD like to thank those people of Victoria ward, who decided to vote for me in the local elections. Although I was not elected, I intend attending council meetings as a member of the public to ensure that the elected councillors look after the best interests of the ward. During my election campaign, a number of key issues were raised by residents. The reintroduction of plastic waste recycling; the continuation of weekly waste collections; and improvement of cleaning and repair of street lighting through the borough as a whole. Terry Stock, Hillbrow Lane, Ashford.
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank all those who re-elected me to represent Park Farm South on the borough council. I will continue to work hard for all the community. Cllr Jim Wedgbury, Primrose Drive, Park Farm, Ashford.
Cllr Jack Woodford believes local problems are best solved by residents