In­fra­struc­ture is not up to growth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

How can Ash­ford’s plan­ning com­mit­tee even con­sider ap­prov­ing the vast ex­pan­sion at Chilm­ing­ton Green when there is a hope­lessly in­ad­e­quate road in­fra­struc­ture com­ing into the town from the south west?

This, cou­pled with the re­cent hos­pi­tal Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion’s (CQC) damn­ing re­port of fail­ings in the East Kent Hos­pi­tals Trust, cer­tainly rul­ing out its abil­ity to cope with the in­flux of a fur­ther 5,000 plus families, can only make the Chilm­ing­ton pro­posal a to­tal farce. Prof David Hall The Street, Great Chart

On read­ing the ar­ti­cle about the pro­posed Chilm­ing­ton devel­op­ment (Plan­ning meet­ing to be ded­i­cated to Chilm­ing­ton, KE Au­gust 14), I am ap­palled to see there is no men­tion of fur­ther GP surg­eries or, for that mat­ter, an­other hos­pi­tal to take the strain of all th­ese ex­tra peo­ple, as al­ready our hos­pi­tal is in cri­sis.

It is all very well to build new houses for those that can af­ford to buy but we need more coun­cil hous­ing for those less for­tu­nate.

Also, the fact about all the empty shops in the town we do have.

I have lived here all my 61 years of life and it is a shame when I go to the town and see an­other shut down – even Homebase and the car­pet shop op­po­site on the in­dus­trial park have been empty for a very long time.

Surely we should be con­cen­trat­ing on fill­ing th­ese at a rea­son­able cost be­fore we build even more.

We will soon join up with Ten­ter­den at this rate.

The only thing that seems to draw peo­ple here is the De­signer Out­let but that does not mean they go to the town cen­tre, as all the shops they re­quire are within this area. This is very ev­i­dent at Christ­mas time. It’s a cry­ing shame that this town is not sur­viv­ing, in my mind. Marilyn Postleth­waite Bid­den­den, for­merly of Ash­ford

How ironic that in last week’s pa­per there was an ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the plan­ning meet­ing for the pro­posed Chilm­ing­ton devel­op­ment of 5,750 new homes and in the same is­sue a re­port on the fail­ures of the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal.

The hos­pi­tal just can­not cope with the ex­ist­ing pop­u­la­tion, let alone an­other pos­si­ble 12,000 souls should Chilm­ing­ton go ahead.

I can­not re­call that at any stage there has been men­tion of an ad­di­tional hos­pi­tal be­ing built or in­deed GP and den­tal surg­eries that are also over­stretched now. Will this be taken into ac­count at the Chilm­ing­ton plan­ning meet­ing? Let’s hope so. Jean Churcher God­in­ton Park, Ash­ford and called in at a pub in a vil­lage near Ash­ford. Your news­pa­per was avail­able to read and it con­tained a court re­port by Paul Hooper (Ex-Hare Kr­ishna devo­tee guilty of rape and cru­elty, KE Au­gust 14).

The de­fen­dant was de­scribed as sexs­tarved (having given him­self over to the Hare Kr­ishna and celibacy), which is why, it was said, the man had com­mit­ted rape/s and or as­saults.

Can I please ask you to cor­rect the im­pres­sion left by this ar­ti­cle? Rape is not about sex, any more than having your skull crushed by a cricket bat is a game of cricket.

Rape, sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual abuse are always about power and con­trol. Yuki Wil­liamson Hamp­shire

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