Shocking waste of public money
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.