Jeremy fails to get into gear over shared space in­vi­ta­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

TOP Gear pre­sen­ter Jeremy Clark­son has failed to re­spond to letters ask­ing him to come and see Ash­ford’s award-win­ning shared space scheme.

For­mer mayor and com­mu­nity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions boss at Ash­ford coun­cil, Cllr Michael Claughton, has writ­ten sev­eral letters to the jour­nal­ist and Top Gear pre­sen­ter ask­ing for him to visit.

The 50-year-old had pre­dicted that the scheme would cause ac­ci­dents. Ash­ford coun­cil is keen to show him the road and its clean record of no ac­ci­dents.

Cllr Claughton said: “I said to him in a let­ter that I was aware he had made these com­ments and pre­dic­tions when it was first opened back in Oc­to­ber 2008.

“As there have been no ac­ci­dents in the last 18 months I thought he might like to come down and see the scheme or maybe do some­thing about it on Top Gear.”

A re­sponse has been re­ceived from the Top Gear of­fice but

Top Gear pre­sen­ter Jeremy Clark­son only to say it would be passed on to Mr Clark­son.

THE shared space scheme failed to pick up its eleventh award since be­ing cre­ated at the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors South East Awards last week. The scheme was en­tered in the re­gen­er­a­tion cat­e­gory but lost out to a block of flats and shops in Hamp­shire.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1708451

An­gus Nis­bet with his mum Julie. They had gone to the store for a home com­puter

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