What’s the rea­son for chain­saw mas­sacre?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

MO­TORISTS ap­proach­ing Ash­ford via the Drovers round­about could be ex­cused for think­ing they’ve taken the wrong route. On Tues­day morn­ing the round­about’s iconic cow sculp­tures were hid­den by veg­e­ta­tion but later that af­ter­noon the same scene was un­recog­nis­able with the round­about stripped of all its trees and bushes. All that re­mained were the for­lorn metal fig­ures of the drover and his cows – and they’re set to be moved too! It’s all to do with the Kent High­ways road “im­prove­ment” scheme for that round­about, the nearby round­about at junc­tion 9 of the M20 and Fougeres Way – the dual car­riage­way which links them to­gether. A grow­ing town like Ash­ford needs a road net­work that’s ad­e­quate to meet fu­ture traf­fic de­mands, but the dev­as­ta­tion of trees over the past few weeks seems to­tally ex­ces­sive. It’s no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to de­scribe what’s hap­pened as a chain­saw mas­sacre. KCC says all the axed veg­e­ta­tion will be re­placed, but did the contractors car­ry­ing out the prepa­ra­tion work need to be so se­vere? Hardly a tree, let alone a bush, has es­caped be­ing felled and yet no real ex­pla­na­tion for the butcher­ing has yet been pro­vided. Res­i­dents de­serve jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for such sav­agery.

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