Driven to fury by the faceless bureaucrats
Now normally I like to keep this column light and airy, to have a fluffy look at life with a smile, put a twist on situations and hopefully turn a frown upside down. The operative word in that last sentence was ‘normally’, because that’s not going to happen this week. Far from it, I’m angry, nay livid and I need to vent my annoyance. You may have heard me spouting off about my very large and thick dossier that I have been putting together. This is most certainly the first time I have ever collated a dossier and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If a subject matter ever affects me as much as this particular scenario has, I will have absolutely no worries putting together another dossier, so be warned potential ‘feather rufflers’, when there is a bee in my bonnet it takes a lot of shaking out. It’s all to do with the KCC’s proposed plans to build houses on the site of The North School Farm. A working farm I hasten to add that has been there since 1936 and has brought pleasure to thousands upon thousand of children since its opening. And, while I’m at it, even if they try to skirt the boundaries and nick some of the land, we don’t want it, bottom line. What on earth goes through the minds of such people that allows them to think that this may be deemed as a good idea? It’s truly beyond me that a bunch of faceless bureaucrats, who so obviously don’t live in the ‘gated community’, can even consider such a preposterous idea. So let’s weigh up the question that must have been posed in the inner sanctum of the KCC, I think the conversation could have gone something like this, perhaps. “I’ve got a good idea; let’s build some more houses in Ashford”, says Man A. “But haven’t we already got a lot of empty houses that still need to be bought?” Man B retorts. “That’s not the point, so shut up; we can make money out of this” Man A responds. Man C then decides to chip in with “I know what we could do as we’re desperately running out of space, why don’t we take some farmland off The North School, surely they won’t care or even miss it and if we’re really clever, we can do it without anyone noticing and perhaps we won’t even have to inform them”. “Brilliant” says Man A and then continues “so to summarise, we’re going to take away a perfectly good working farmyard from kids who adore it, benefit from it and can eventually earn a living out of and build 25 houses that nobody wants at all?” Now of course that didn’t actually happen, but it’s not far off surely. I for one will not let this happen without a severe fight and I know for a fact that there are thousands of you out there that agree, as well as a plethora of famous personalities who once attended the school and will join the campaign, as well as a collection of ‘big players’ inside ABC and indeed Westminster. I urge you all to get involved in any way possible to stop this travesty from ever coming to fruition and one way to do that is log on to our website (www.kentishexpress.co.uk) to add your name to our Fight for the Farm petition.