Film in­spires res­i­dents’ homes fight

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A MEET­ING for Ken­ning­ton res­i­dents takes place this Satur­day to dis­cuss plans for 600 homes be­hind the Tow­ers School and Ball Lane.

The Ken­ning­ton Fo­rum has al­ready ob­jected to the plans and now wants to raise aware­ness in the com­mu­nity through the meet­ing be­ing held at Bock­hanger Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, By­brook Road at 7pm. Coun­cil­lors have also been in­vited to take ques­tions.

Res­i­dents’ Ac­tion Group cam­paigner Win­ston Michael said: “We see this as the Ken­tish ver­sion of Avatar and we have taken great strength from the film as it shows how peo­ple can unite against pow­er­ful forces in­tent on de­struc­tion to make a change.”

Beau­ti­ful

He added: “Res­i­dents find it un­be­liev­able that the coun­cil would even con­sider per­mit­ting such high den­sity hous­ing in the mid­dle of such a beau­ti­ful and his­tor­i­cal area, so rich in wildlife. It is as if the coun­cil will not be con­tent un­til it has turned the Gar­den of Eng­land into the Mo­tor­way of Eng­land.”

The cam­paign is sup­ported by Pro­tect Kent and Ash­ford MP Damian Green.

Mr Green said: “I very much share the res­i­dent’s con­cern that the growth of Ash­ford should be im­ple­mented in a way that does the least pos­si­ble dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment.”

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