Progress? Coun­cil needs hear­ing aid

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Notice To Benefits Claimants -

Is there any chance I could be put on the same med­i­ca­tion that coun­cil­lors ap­pear to be on? The ‘big six’ schemes that are be­ing of­fered up by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil are the same ‘big six’ sug­ges­tions that were of­fered prior to the lat­est in­car­na­tion of the ring road and the same set that were of­fered prior to the con­struc­tion of the Chan­nel Tun­nel rail link.

Ash­ford is big enough now to war­rant two cine­mas – but, we def­i­nitely don’t need a mon­strous car­bun­cle in the town cen­tre that only 20% of peo­ple may ac­tu­ally en­joy.

Whilst it is quite ad­mirable for ABC to ask how we would like our coun­cil tax to be spent, it would be even more ad­mirable if the ideas pro­ferred were lis­tened to. Judg­ing by past per­for­mance there’s not much like­li­hood of that hap­pen­ing. The best way to prove this is to go through back copies of the KE and see how many peo­ple have asked for a Pri­mark in the town cen­tre, then count, in the same way, how many peo­ple have ac­tu­ally asked for a Mor­risons. There is teach­ing peo­ple how to suck eggs, then there is be­ing re­al­is­tic.

We are told it is go­ing to cost a small for­tune to re­pair the Ash­ford flume and shared space. Res­i­dents should be asked if they want that work done. It would prob­a­bly be a lot cheaper to tar­mac all the pave­ments in Ash­ford. That would need less re­pair, be more pre­sentable and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. But, then again the coun­cil would prob­a­bly let it be dug up two weeks af­ter the work is done. Many res­i­dents agree with me that 30 years ago Ash­ford had po­ten­tial, which has been squan­dered al­most to the point of no re­turn. One thing that would guar­an­tee pro­gres­sion would be to is­sue ev­ery coun­cil­lor with a hear­ing aid. At least then they might start lis­ten­ing and would have no ex­cuse not to. Mean­time, let’s not put a cin­ema where it might be ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral pop­u­lus, let’s not put the mar­ket back in the area where it once thrived, let’s not put a shop in the town cen­tre that peo­ple ac­tu­ally have asked for, and let’s not spend money on wasted artis­tic en­deav­ours. Then again, let’s not do any of th­ese things as there is the very slim chance we may ac­tu­ally give peo­ple ex­actly what they are ask­ing for. Why start that now as it has never hap­pened in the past? Adrian Cussens, James Street, Ash­ford

‘Peo­ple want a cin­ema in the town cen­tre, not more stores’ as there were al­ter­na­tives, i.e. a park­ing area for cus­tomers, plus un­re­stricted road park­ing.

How­ever, it missed out an im­por­tant fac­tor of hu­man na­ture (or did it?) that is to walk the short­est dis­tance pos­si­ble from the car to the shop door and then back to the car – know­ing that, in this in­stance, the chances of a park­ing ticket are very re­mote.

If the coun­cil can get it so wrong on the small things, then what hope for suc­cess on the large projects sched­uled for Ash­ford in the com­ing years? John Walker, Har­vey Road, Willes­bor­ough is to fix the small jobs. We were with­out elec­tric­ity for six hours short of five days, from De­cem­ber 23. There were only three prop­er­ties in­volved. I can un­der­stand the sen­ti­ment of get­ting vast ar­eas of towns re­con­nected first but couldn’t we some­times be sec­ond, not last? Af­ter all we all pay the same rates for our power. Gail Pain, two miles out­side Rol­ven­den

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