Campaigners will fight to save farm – again
THE renewed threat to the farm at Ashford’s North School will have come as a bitter blow to pupils, parents and teachers. Little over a year ago, the farm’s future seemed assured after the Fight for the Farm campaign to stop Kent County Council selling off the land for housing. The county council agreed to retain enough land to keep a community farm at the site and create a vocational centre. Now that looks like an empty promise as we reveal this week that KCC is preparing to market part of the site where the farm buildings stand, forcing them to relocate. The county council must think people have very short memories; the people responsible for these latest plans must certainly have short memories themselves. To throw the future of the school farm into such uncertainty, just 15 months after telling supporters they could plan for the future, is bordering on the cruel. The importance of the farm to the school – and to the wider community – was made clear to the county council in no uncertain terms when the original campaign was launched. The message presumably got through, unless the decision to spare the farm was taken out of political expediency, with a view to eventually sell off the land once the furore had died down. If KCC thinks campaigners will now lay down and accept these latest plans without a fight, it has another thing coming.