I was in pain af­ter heavy fall in road

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

CLLR Keith Fer­rin ex­pressed his con­cerns for the safety of pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists and said he would not hes­i­tate to speed­ily in­stall any nec­es­sary re­me­dial mea­sures (Septem­ber 25). How of­ten have I heard county of­fi­cials de­clare that “safety was of para­mount im­por­tance”? For the ben­e­fit of Cllr Fer­rin, in mid-May I im­me­di­ately re­ported hav­ing an ac­ci­dent in Bank Street ad­ja­cent to where the bus stops are lo­cated. The cause be­ing that I was walk­ing south­wards with the sun in my eyes and be­cause of the glare I failed to dis­tin­guish be­tween kerb and gut­ter, they be­ing of the same colour. I fell heav­ily into the road suf­fer­ing bruis­ing and af­ter­pain. This is the only part of the re­designed area of Bank Street where the kerb is raised to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to buses. The ap­pro­pri­ate of­fi­cer was in­formed and he promised to in­stall a dis­tin­guish­ing line, this prom­ise was re­peated on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, the lat­est be­ing that work would be­gin in the next three weeks. To my knowl­edge there have been two sim­i­lar ac­ci­dents at the same spot. So I ques­tion as to why, on a mat­ter of safety, work will have taken over four months to im­ple­ment and why couldn’t this be done whilst the buses were not us­ing Bank Street? My mes­sage to Cllr Fer­rin is for speedy action to mean just that, not to im­ply sev­eral months and to in­sist that his depart­ment treat com­plaints se­ri­ously - if in­for­ma­tion from re­spon­si­ble coun­cil­lors is not heeded then heaven help the gen­eral pub­lic! Cllr John Hol­land (Ind), Ash­ford bor­ough coun­cil­lor.

RE: THE pic­tures of the shared space scheme in Bank Street. Ob­vi­ously the emer­gency ser­vices had not ar­rived be­cause of the traf­fic con­ges­tion on the won­der­ful new hi-tech, high priced, twoway road sys­tem. I won­der, was the bloke hit by a ve­hi­cle do­ing up to 20mph, a pram or, the most likely prob­a­bil­ity, did he walk too fast into a sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cle? Brian Rid­dle, Sandy­hurst Lane, Ash­ford.


THOUGHTS on a shared space: Pon­der when the cars speed by, Who will be the first to die? An Ash­ford an­cient or

a child maybe, Flow­ers on pave­ment

and home to tea. With apolo­gies to Gar­ri­son Keil­lor. Jack Soames, Noakes Meadow, Ash­ford.

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