Shock­ing waste of pub­lic money

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

IT IS with no sur­prise that I read the ar­ti­cle on the shock­ing waste of money on the hideous and ugly lamp­posts on the shared space in Ash­ford. Last sum­mer a group of coun­cil­lors were taken on an in­spec­tion of the newly com­pleted shared space road. Dur­ing the tour I ac­tu­ally com­mented on the fac­to­rystyle lamp­posts, which would be more suit­able for some dock­side or air­port lo­ca­tion than a town cen­tre. As usual, I was told by the leader of the coun­cil that I was mak­ing ad­verse and un­help­ful com­ments on a won­der­ful new scheme. I also pointed out that the cor­ner paving stones were im­ported from China, and the lat­tice style brick­work from Bel­gium. Who ac­tu­ally is this Nayan Kulka­rni, and why was he given the de­sign con­tract to spend over £392,000 of ratepay­ers’ money on some­thing so aw­ful as th­ese dread­ful-looking pieces of iron­work? As usual, no­body is to blame for th­ese aw­ful-looking ob­jects. Cllr Keith Fer­rin main­tains he knew noth­ing about the true cost. We still have sev­eral en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies in this town which could eas­ily have fab­ri­cated 56 at­trac­tive-looking lamp­posts, to en­hance the new shared road space. Would it not have been bet­ter to re­cy­cle part of the lo­cal rates back into the Ash­ford econ­omy? Cllr J Wood­ford (Ash Ind), Wye ward.

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