A massive waste of our money
THE roadworks and the changing of the perfectly adequate one-way ring road system would appear to be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, and has done nothing to facilitate the free movement of traffic. Before these alterations were put into place, traffic moved quite freely in and around the town. With all the new traffic lights and two-way system being introduced, at times the town becomes almost gridlocked. I wrote to KCC highways department asking for an explanation, and was told that the alterations were costing £100 million and being funded with a Government grant, and that more consideration was being given to cyclists and pedestrians. While all this money is being spent quite unnecessarily in my opinion, the rest of the roads in my part of Kent are being allowed to run into disrepair. The main road running through Seabrook, particularly on the seaward side towards Hythe is getting to be appalling, as is Hospital Hill. Everywhere you drive in Kent the roads are deteriorating. The motorist pays through the nose in this country and should be entitled to good roads, and I feel the money to the tune of £100 million can be forthcoming, it would be better spent where it was needed in Kent. I used to enjoy shopping in Ashford, as did many of my friends but now we try to keep our visits to an absolute minimum because of said chaos. Cllr P. Kennett, Queen’s Road, Littlestone, New Romney.
AS a frequent user of the roads in Ashford, I became more and more depressed for the people who have to use them on a daily basis. So many promises and yet nothing is being delivered by the council. I remember the hype when the Tour de France was brought to the town. There was a huge rush for the appropriate roads to be finished in time. Take a look at those same roads now. What is it about these fancy bricks? Painted concrete with a bit of professional graffiti would have been more acceptable! I wonder whether the Newtown Road will actually (as implied) be open by November. Since the first month of activity, it seems hardly to have changed. Some compensation will surely be paid to the people of Ashford. A two-month payback of council tax would help the bitter pill go down after all the extra mileage, time delays and costs that have been incurred. Jean Ifield, High Street, Lenham.