School farm land is not for sale

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

I AM writ­ing to clar­ify the ex­ten­sive and in­ac­cu­rate cov­er­age printed in last week’s Ken­tish Ex­press about the al­leged clo­sure of North School Farm. The farm is safe. We are not sell­ing the land it uses. The facts were clearly ex­plained and I was there­fore dis­ap­pointed to see front page cov­er­age, with the story car­ried fur­ther on page three. Us­ing terms like ‘bomb­shell’ did lit­tle to lessen the tone of the piece which was sim­ply wrong. I shall re­peat and ex­plain again, the North School Farm is safe and there are no plans to sell the land it uses. I can­not sim­plify or clar­ify this story any fur­ther and I sin­cerely hope that such ex­po­sure is not granted again to a story which is wrong in its en­tirety. The in­ac­cu­ra­cies have caused dis­tress and con­cern and I hope we can draw a line un­der this un­for­tu­nate re­port and move on. Gra­hame Ward, Kent County Coun­cil Di­rec­tor of Re­sources, County Hall, Maid­stone.

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