Com­plain­ing again just to get no­ticed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Home Help With A Difference -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.