A mas­sive waste of our money

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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.

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