I was in pain after heavy fall in road
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.