Huge re­ac­tion to my Stan­hope views

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BLIMEY! Last week’s col­umn cer­tainly stirred up the old hor­nets’ nest. My mus­ings about Stan­hope def­i­nitely evoked some pretty strong emo­tions in you all. Firstly, I’d like to thank each and ev­ery one of you for get­ting in touch via the show, texts, email, the web­site or good old-fash­ioned let­ter writ­ing. In case you missed it, I was big­ging up the place in my rose-tinted Stan­hope glasses and my own per­sonal mem­o­ries on my time there. As I said, the feed­back was phe­nom­e­nal and out of all the re­ac­tion, I’d say about 90 per cent was pos­i­tive. There was a wide and var­ied range of opin­ion, from peo­ple who have been there from the beginning (1967 I be­lieve), or have just moved on to the es­tate from out of town, win­dow clean­ers who work there and the doc­tors’ surgery who said how great the com­mu­nity spirit was – and that par­tic­u­lar lady doesn’t even live on Stan­hope. But let me con­cen­trate on the 10 per cent that wasn’t quite so proS­tan­hope. Some of the re­sponse was ac­tu­ally quite har­row­ing and frankly turned my stom­ach. No­body likes to hear sto­ries of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour or just down­right bul­ly­ing that goes on and the cul­prits that cause this kind of stress and mind­less hooli­gan­ism on oth­ers do not de­serve their lib­erty. I’d lock them up and throw away the key! And if you are one of those suf­fer­ing at the hands of th­ese peo­ple then ha­rangue your coun­cil and the po­lice un­til you are blue in the face and get them to re­act. I feel for you and hate the fact that a mind­less few can dam­age the rep­u­ta­tion of so many. It doesn’t mat­ter where you are, there will al­ways be id­iots and that doesn’t help erad­i­cate the stigma that still ex­ists about the es­tate. Let me fin­ish with an amus­ing story that shows that the “law of karma” does ex­ist. A rather naughty boy who will re­main name­less was up to no good over Stan­hope square many moons ago. He thought it would be funny to re­move the outer cas­ing from a lamp­post and de­stroy it. Af­ter pulling out sev­eral wires, his mis­sion was un­suc­cess­ful as the light was still work­ing, so he de­cided to uri­nate on it and try to blow a fuse. What he didn’t bar­gain for, was a short sharp shock that trav­elled back and zapped him in the un­men­tion­ables. There is jus­tice.

To tie in with the re­gen­er­a­tion of Stan­hope, the Ken­tish Ex­press wants to speak to cur­rent and for­mer res­i­dents about their mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences. If you would like to be in­ter­viewed, con­tact Sarah Mar­shall in our news­room on 01233 623232 or email smar­shall@thek­m­

What do you think? Tell us by vis­it­ing the Speak Out sec­tion at www.ken­tish­ex­ and choos­ing Webbo’s World from the list of sub­jects. You can also email or write to us at the usual ad­dresses.

Don’t miss kmfm Ash­ford’s break­fast show with Kirstyn and Webbo, ev­ery week­day from 7am un­til 11am on 107.6fm.

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