What’s the reason for chainsaw massacre?
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.