Our Man in West­min­ster

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

Iam sure that the plan to stop drink­ing in the cen­tre of Ash­ford, apart from in pubs and clubs, will at­tract a range of views. There is a large part of me that hates any re­stric­tions on com­mon ac­tiv­i­ties, but I am afraid that as a coun­try we seem un­able to cope with out­door drink­ing. Other coun­tries, when peo­ple go to have a drink, re­main civilised. Sadly in Bri­tain drink­ing in the street or park too of­ten in­volves per­sis­tent and se­vere anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. It is al­ways a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple, but too of­ten that mi­nor­ity is large enough to cause sig­nif­i­cant trou­ble. That cliche about a small num­ber spoil­ing it for every­one else ap­plies. The frus­trat­ing thing, for those who want to en­joy a glass of wine or beer in a peace­ful way on a sum­mer af­ter­noon in the park, is that Ash­ford is one of Kent’s safest and most peace­ful towns. A large amount of ef­fort has been put into mak­ing shop­ping ar­eas safer. Nev­er­the­less I am sure that the in­tro­duc­tion of a Des­ig­nated Pub­lic Place Or­der for Vic­to­ria Ward will prove a use­ful tool for the po­lice. I hope that it can be

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