Avatar fight­ers call for early vote-out

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

IT was amaz­ing to have 250 peo­ple turn up on a Satur­day night con­sid­er­ing we were up against Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent. It was a fan­tas­tic turnout.” The com­ments by cam­paigner Mark Street neatly sum­marise the strength of feel­ing over plans to build hun­dreds of new homes in Ken­ning­ton. Re­gard­less of the im­pact on Simon Cowell’s view­ing fig­ures, the fact that so many peo­ple care enough about their en­vi­ron­ment to make their voices heard a pub­lic meet­ing (at the week­end) should be a source of en­cour­ag­ment for those op­pos­ing the devel­op­ment. With such a well-or­gan­ised cam­paign, there is no dan­ger that these plans will slip through un­no­ticed. This is the very point of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and the peo­ple of Ken­ning­ton, to their great credit, are mak­ing the most of it. Show­ing a deft touch when it comes to draw­ing at­ten­tion to their fight, the ac­tion group mem­bers have dubbed this ‘the Avatar cam­paign’, af­ter the film in which a group of ex­trater­res­tri­als fight to pro­tect their beau­ti­ful home­land from ex­ploita­tion and de­struc­tion. With the po­ten­tial loss of much coun­try­side to make way for the devel­op­ment of 1,200 homes and a new link road, the com­par­i­son is not un­jus­ti­fied. The coun­cil­lors mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion on these con­tro­ver­sial plans would be well ad­vised to take note of the over­whelm­ing op­po­si­tion. To bor­row from TV tal­ent show ter­mi­nol­ogy, the cam­paign­ers will clearly not rest un­til these pro­pos­als are voted out – prefer­ably in an early round.

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