PRO­PA­GANDA CLAIMS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

DEPUTY Mayor Cllr John Hol­land (Ind) ques­tioned the cab­i­net about a story on the mar­ket in the lat­est edi­tion of Ash­ford Voice, the coun­cil mag­a­zine, which por­trayed the move as a suc­cess but quoted just a sin­gle trader. He said: “I am un­happy that Voice is be­ing used as a method of pro­pa­ganda pro­vid­ing a rosy pic­ture when all is clearly not well.” Port­fo­lio holder for the mar­ket Cllr Mike Claughton (Con) wel­comed the progress re­port and claimed that in talk­ing to stall­hold­ers he had gained a dif­fer­ent pic­ture from the one he read in the press. He said: “If you spread doom and gloom you will never meet the chal­lenge. “It’s too early to draw con­clu­sions in this time of eco­nomic down­turn and close mon­i­tor­ing of the sit­u­a­tion will con­tinue.” Deputy leader Cllr Paul Bartlett (Con) ad­mit­ted: “We need to com­mit to pro­duc­ing the in­fra­struc­ture for traders.”

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