Poison pen letter sneers at Kennington ‘hillbilly’ estate
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