Petition calls for safer use of fireworks
Sarah Marshall rounds up discussion from last Thursday’s full council meeting
A petition, containing signatures of people living in Park Farm, was presented to the council calling for the safe use of fireworks.
Cllr Jim Wedgbury (Con) presented the names collected by a woman living in Dove Close. The woman, who does not want to be named, is calling for people to follow the rules on the times and days fireworks cannot be set off and warns that people are using display fireworks in gardens.
The petition will be forwarded to the head of the council’s environmental health and community safety unit.
Cllr Wedgbury, who is also a firefighter, said he had witnessed the dangers of fireworks.
Ashford Borough Council has turned down an appeal to provide vital funding to Wyecycle. The recycling service, which collects from 1,100 homes and has led to Wye and Brook having the highest recycling rate in the country, had appealed to ABC as well the parish councils of Wye and Hinxhill and Brook for £10,000.
Cllr Richard Honey (Con), who raised the issue, told the council how Wyecycle had reached the milestone of the 1,000th consecutive weekly doorstep collection – and appealed for cash to allow the organisation to continue.
But Cllr Neil Bell (Con), who is responsible for recycling and waste, said: “I wish Wyecycle well, but we haven’t got the cash to help it on a year-by-year basis.”
The economic downturn and struggling housing market means Ashford’s growth is slowing.
Council leader Cllr Paul Clokie (Con) said: “Growth will not happen at the speed we want.”
Housebuilders have delayed developments.
The council has promised to take a tougher line with Kent Highways when dealing with them over the construction of Victoria Way, the new road to be built to the south of the town, than they have done on the ring road redevelopment.
Council members were told the ring road work would be mostly completed by the end of this month. An event marking the near completion would take place in November. Landscaping will take place in the spring.
The controversial market move was again brought to the attention of councillors, but the stalls will stay in their new position for at least another year. Cllr Bob Davidson (Lib Dem) told the council the move from the bandstand to the lower High Street was unpopular.
Council leader Cllr Paul Clokie (Con) said the market’s position had been reviewed and will remain in the lower High Street. A review will happen on an annual basis.
Cleaning charges for flats
Some people in Ashford pay as little as 10 pence a week for the upkeep of their block of flats while others pay as much as £5.
Cllr Robert Packham (Lib Dem) raised the issue and said the new contract for cleaning council flats was expensive.
Cllr Peter Wood said the difference was down to the size of the communal areas.
Cllr Jim Wedgbury, who has seen the dangers of fireworks