‘Bat­tle royal’ over roads plan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

THE ex­ec­u­tive ap­proved new mea­sures aimed at speed­ing up the for­mal adop­tion of new es­tates af­ter the builders move out. Con­cerned about the grow­ing num­ber of com­plaints about roads and ser­vices on new de­vel­op­ments a raft of rec­om­men­da­tions to make trans­fers more rapid was agreed. They in­clude im­proved li­ai­son and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween on site of­fi­cers from Kent County and Ash­ford coun­cils with South­ern Wa­ter, other agen­cies, and the res­i­dents, plus mea­sures to en­cour­age de­vel­op­ers to reach sat­is­fac­tory stan­dards to achieve adop­tion. The move was wel­comed by all coun­cil­lors in­clud­ing long suf­fer­ing Cllr John Hol­land (Ind) who lives at The Limes in South Ash­ford. He said: “For five years, since be­fore I was elected to this coun­cil, I have had a bat­tle royal with the high­ways au­thor­ity over the adop­tion of the road. “The pub­lic are fed up with be­ing fobbed off and be­ing told that adop­tion was pro­ceed­ing. It’s the same prob­lem with lack of grass cut­ting and street sweep­ing.” Coun­cil leader Paul Clokie, said: “In the past we have had prom­ises and very lit­tle action. This re­port is go­ing to ac­cel­er­ate the process.”

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