Complaining again just to get noticed
Can I say how disappointed I am with the comments of your so-called ‘regular contributor’ Ted Prangnell (My Ashford, July 4).
As a regular reader of the Kentish Express, I am often amused by Mr Prangnell’s ramblings, which appear to me to be simply that of a classic Mr Meldrew who has far too much time on his hands and has decided to chase fame in his later years via your publication and at every conceivable opportunity.
Why do you bother publishing such rubbish when he clearly finds living in Ashford to be so unbearable! Yes we have our problems and yes we could do with more facilities etc.
But name me a major town anywhere in this country that doesn’t have similar issues and sometimes much worse than Ashford’s?
He appears to find fault with just about everything Ashford council and its residents tries to do to make our town a better place to live and his latest ‘contribution’ saw him complaining about the placement of crash barriers either side of the M20 motorway bridge on the A28. Yet another pathetic attempt to get noticed and have his picture published in your pages. And what was his objection this time? There’s nowhere to jump if a car mounts the pavement!
I ask you what a joke from someone who as a retired engineer is unable to see the bigger picture and more likely possibility of a car careering down onto the motorway causing a much more serious accident.
What’s next? Fixed penalties for people for walking on the cracks in the pavement or how about jailing residents for hanging out their washing too early in the day?
Sorry Mr Prangnell but if Ashford is as bad as the picture you regally paint, why are you still living here? John Padwick Canterbury Road, Kennington problems with traffic roundabouts, the issue of town centre store closures or the advent of the ‘new’ waste recycling systems.
Like Mr Prangnell, I am of the age that is thought by some to have little to worry about where I live but not so.
I am concerned about the future of Ashford and its younger residents. What is here for them to enjoy as they strive through life? What legacy are we leaving for them?
As for visitors to the town, the gateway to the UK from Europe, just what is the attraction of a stopover in Ashford? The exception is hotels, where the traveller may rest their weary heads. No obvious historical links, no museums, no attractions as such.
However, if one likened Ashford to a pot of yogurt and the top is left off for long enough, it will eventually develop a culture. Bryan L. Welbourn Kennington, Ashford