Round­about ways to break the law

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Ok, some­one made a silly mis­take (‘Amaze­ment as car goes wrong way on round­about’, July 11).

The po­lice do not in­tend to fol­low it up. Fine.

Us­ing your mo­bile phone whilst driv­ing, even if sta­tion­ary, to film it; that IS il­le­gal. Alan Foxon Ash­ford

Over the years, I have learned that it needs more than a com­plaint to the coun­cil to get se­ri­ous failings put right.

When a vis­it­ing Ger­man driver col­lided with a mo­tor­cy­cle on the Wil­liam Harvey round­about, his ex­cuse was that he had been con­fused by in­cor­rect road num­ber signs. He was right, the num­bers were wrong. It took more than seven years of in­tense lob­by­ing, two ar­ti­cles by the Ex­press, in­put by ITV Merid­ian and BBC South East To­day to get most of them put right.

With­out the me­dia’s help, con­fu­sion would still re­main.

Ash­ford coun­cil claimed that Ash­ford had a spe­cific prob­lem, that be­cause of its lo­ca­tion near to Dover, a lot of for­eign driv­ers passed this way; surely, all the more rea­son to get signs right.

By some mir­a­cle, we were able to get our re­quest for an un­der­pass un­der the M20 for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans an­swered, but it was not un­til some seven years later, af­ter con­tin­u­ous lob­by­ing and help from the Ex­press and the BBC, that the un­der­pass was opened (and is now well used).

It seems to me that it is of­ten left to am­a­teurs to get thing put right which should have been sorted by highly paid coun­cil of­fi­cers.

I hope that my com­plain­ing may have con­trib­uted to­wards mak­ing Ash­ford a slightly bet­ter place for all. Ted Prangnell Ken­ning­ton

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