Mix-up leaves streets strewn with rub­bish

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Town Centre – The Good And The Bad - By Tim Collins

lers and empty fast food car­tons cast aside by lit­ter louts.”

He added: “Draw­ing in the crowds to spend money with the retailers is not go­ing to hap­pen all the while the town cen­tre is as ap­peal­ing as a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land.”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil says the lit­ter was the re­sult of a mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween refuse col­lec­tors, and that

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A town cen­tre look­ing more like “a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land” than a shop­ping precinct was down to an ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

A num­ber of read­ers con­tacted the Ken­tish Ex­press to com­plain about the lit­ter to be found cov­er­ing the Lower High Street on Sun­day, July 6.

Marion Gadsby, 60, Beaver Lane from said: “There was rub­bish every­where. Peo­ple picked their way through it but no one from the shops made any at­tempt to clear the mess up in the hour that I was there.

“All the bins were full and over­flow­ing. No won­der peo­ple do not want to shop in our town.”

Paul Taun­ton added: “Lit­ter was strewn from one end to the other, caused by bins be­ing emp­tied by the pre­vi­ous night’s al­co­hol-fu­elled revel- the sit­u­a­tion won’t be re­peated.

A spokesman added: “We are aware that there was ex­cess lit­ter in the lower High Street on Sun­day, July 6. This was due to a mis­un­der­stand­ing of the cleans­ing route by a new mem­ber of staff, who was cov­er­ing for a col­league.

“The lit­ter was re­ported to us and was cleared the next day. We do not en­vis­age a re­peat of this prob­lem.”

Rub­bish was strewn across the high street in Ash­ford on Sun­day, July 7

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