Poi­son pen let­ter sneers at Ken­ning­ton ‘hill­billy’ es­tate

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

A RES­I­DENT in Ken­ning­ton has been left fright­ened and dis­traught af­ter re­ceiv­ing a note mock­ing her ob­jec­tions to a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

The abu­sive let­ter at­tacks the es­tate around The Street where she lives, say­ing that drug dealers and a pae­dophile live in close prox­im­ity to the ter­ri­fied ten­ant.

Some of the com­ments made in the let­ter read: “Are you aware of what an aw­ful area Ken­ning­ton is? If you go around the streets you won’t see one de­cently dressed per­son. They are not used to wear­ing shoes.

“Peo­ple are scruffy to the point they look like tramps. They must eat all the time to get to the size they are.”

Fear­ing reper­cus­sions the shaken res­i­dent has asked not to be named but im­me­di­ately sought help from her ward coun­cil­lor John Kemp.

The Ken­ning­ton coun­cil­lor has now no­ti­fied the po­lice and says he is dis­gusted by the slurs.

He said: “A fair few res­i­dents have banded to­gether to ob­ject to th­ese pro­pos­als but this lady is very up­set about re­ceiv­ing this let­ter.

“I think it’s ap­palling that some­one could do this and it has very much wor­ried and up­set this lady. If I had writ­ten such a let­ter about Mus­lims or the Chi­nese I would quite rightly find my­self in court. This is no dif­fer­ent.”

Po­lice say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

The let­ter adds: “This part of Kent is one big blot. When do you ever see women dressed like women? It’s a well known fact that this is hill­billy coun­try. What dif­fer­ence does a few more houses make?”

The plans from Skill­crown Homes Ltd would see num­ber 80 The Street de­mol­ished to make way for 11 new three and four-bed­room homes. The home was built in 1982.

Kent High­ways has rec­om­mended that the plans be re­fused by Ash­ford coun­cil when they are ex­pected to go be­fore a plan­ning com­mit­tee in Fe­bru­ary.

A to­tal of 26 res­i­dents have so far ob­jected to the plans com­plain­ing of the prox­im­ity to the con­ser­va­tion area, in­creased traf­fic and the over­all ef­fect of “squeez­ing” 11 houses on to one site.

The plans are for out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion which means the num­ber of homes and their de­sign could be changed.


Ken­ning­ton coun­cil­lor John Kemp is dis­gusted at a let­ter sent to one of his con­stituents

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