Pop­u­lar park ‘now a waste­land’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk An area of park once en­joyed by res­i­dents has fallen into a “dis­gust­ing” state says a woman cam­paign­ing for it to be over­hauled.

Sharon Rosewell claims ne­glect by Ash­ford coun­cil is to blame for the state of Queen Mothers Park, which she says has been left to over­grow with sting­ing net­tles and weeds, and is lit­tered with dog waste and rub­bish.

Mrs Rosewell, 43, lives in Heath­field Road, Ash­ford, and of­ten vis­its the park, which bor­ders on the Hen­wood In­dus­trial Es­tate and is a few min­utes walk from her home.

She works as a carer, look­ing af­ter chil­dren, and would of­ten take them to play in the park.

Once a sum­mer sanc­tu­ary for fam­i­lies en­joy­ing pic­nics and peo­ple ex­er­cis­ing, the moth­erof-two claims that the area has be­come un­us­able over the past four or five years.

She added: “This park was so pop­u­lar be­fore, but over the years it’s got worse and worse.

“Now it looks like waste­land – the net­tles are at least three feet high, you can’t use the walk way round the river as they don’t trim hedges back, and the cy­cle path is so over­grown.

“Last year a few of us spoke to Marion Martin, the lo­cal coun­cil­lor, who promised us loads, new benches, waste bins and dog bins, but noth­ing hap­pened.

“Can some­one please help us get our beau­ti­ful park back?”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil said the park was among ar­eas ear­marked for a spe­cial lit­ter col­lec­tion event this week­end.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2676335

Sharon Rosewell in the park

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