De­spair over state of town af­ter ‘shoddy’ work of hedge-trim­mers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weeds Shame - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

The ques­tion of whether or not there is any pride left in Ash­ford has been raised once again.

This week Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent Ted Prangnell has slammed the “shoddy work­man­ship” of coun­cil con­trac­tors who trimmed hedges along a cy­cle path on Lit­tle Bur­ton Farm es­tate.

Although pleased the area be­tween Can­ter­bury Road and Ge­orge Wil­liams Way, which he said was due a trim weeks ago, has been paid some at­ten­tion, he said he was con­fused as to why the twigs, branches and leaves were left be­hind.

He said: “So, at last, some­one has cut back Lit­tle Bur­ton Farm Lane, have they?”

He went on to ques­tion the qual­ity of the job how­ever, adding: “So that is it done, is it? I wouldn’t pay them.

“Why do we have to be con­tin­u­ally em­bar­rassed by the shod­di­ness of our town?

“The pedes­trian side of that par­tic­u­lar sec­tion of cy­cle-way has been in need of cut­ting back and tidy­ing up for weeks, prob­a­bly months.

‘Shoddy’ was the de­scrip­tion used by a vis­i­tor, but he is ab­so­lutely right.

“There are other places where ei­ther cy­clists can’t cy­cle or pedes­tri­ans can’t walk due to hedge growth, and bram­bles, which can be nasty.

He added: “We cy­cled 450km in Ger­many, and we didn’t come across any­thing like that.”

This is not the first time Mr Prangnell, a for­mer engi­neer and keen cy­clist, has crit­i­cised the coun­cil.

In the past he has hit out at lit­ter and grime across the bor­ough, in­cor­rect road and pedes­trian signs and danger­ous bar­ri­ers in­stalled in Can­ter­bury Road.

CON­CERNS: Ted Prangnell

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