Pe­ti­tion calls for safer use of fire­works

Sarah Mar­shall rounds up dis­cus­sion from last Thurs­day’s full coun­cil meet­ing

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Fire­works

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.

Wyecy­cle

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.”

Growth warn­ing

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.

Roads

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.

Mar­ket

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

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