Big par­ties don’t have the an­swers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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

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