Where there’s a wall

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Flooding Report - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group. co.uk Res­i­dents have been forced to take a long de­tour af­ter the foot­path that runs from Asda, in Kim­ber­ley Way to New­town, was com­pletely blocked by flood wa­ter.

Wa­ter from an ad­join­ing stream rose above the bank and spilled onto the pub­lic foot­path – which runs un­der­neath the Ash­ford-Hast­ings rail­way line – fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall.

Among those af­fected was Demi Caplin, 20, who had trav­elled by bus from the town cen­tre to the su­per­mar­ket with the hope of cut­ting through to get to New­town.

How­ever, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the path­way was a no-go, she was forced to turn around and walk all the way round the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let in the rain to get home.

One young man, how­ever, braved get­ting wet and used an as­sort­ment of ob­sta­cles in or­der to pass through, in­clud­ing a brick wall and a semi-sub­merged shop­ping trol­ley, as our run of pic­tures show.

This isn’t the first time the foot­path has flooded and New­town res­i­dent Claire Ray be­lieves some­thing must be done about it soon.

The mother said: “The path un­der­neath the bridge by Asda is con­stantly flooded. It’s been like it for ages and no one has done any­thing about it. The el­derly can’t get through and nei-

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk ther can any­one else. I have seen peo­ple put black bin bags over their shoes to save walk­ing the long way around.

“It’s not fair to let res­i­dents of New­town and South Willes­bor­ough suf­fer by hav­ing to walk ages to get to any­thing.

“They need to raise the banks to stop it hap­pen­ing again.”

Katie Lewis, drainage and flood man­ager for Kent County Coun­cil’s High­ways depart­ment, said: “We are aware of the flood­ing on Kim­ber­ley Way, which is caused by the high river lev­els fol­low­ing the re­cent heavy rain. Due to the height of the rail­way bridge we can­not in­crease the level of the foot­way. How­ever, it has been pro­filed to al­low the wa­ter to drain back into the river when the flow sub­sides.”

Pic­ture: : Chris Wood

Flood plain in Hoth­field

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2971839

Demi Caplin’s route home was blocked due to flood­ing of the foot­path next to Asda

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