‘This area needs to be re­claimed by fam­i­lies’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Special Report -

Coun­cil­lors are sup­port­ing Beaver Road res­i­dents’ fight to stop more HMOs be­ing de­vel­oped in their road.

Cllr Jill Britcher (Lab), ward mem­ber for Beaver, said: “The whole business of HMOs re­ally af­fects South Ash­ford. It is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We’re keen to take what ac­tion we can to halt them. It causes park­ing prob­lems and of­ten the houses can be­come di­lap­i­dated.”

Cllr Har­riet Yeo (Lab), ward mem­ber for Nor­man ward, said: “This is a fam­ily area and it needs to stay fam­ily-ori­en­tated. We need quiet at night for chil­dren.

“This area (Beaver Road) has been run down and it’s not fair for the peo­ple who live here.

“We are in des­per­ate need of fam­ily homes like the ones here.

“The coun­cil should be buy­ing homes like this and putting a fam­ily in there.

“Young fam­i­lies work hard and should have a chance to move into a home like this.

“This area needs re­claimed by fam­i­lies.”

Stan­hope ward mem­ber Cllr Bren­dan Chilton (Lab) said: “The coun­cil has put Ar­ti­cle 4 re­stric­tions in some ar­eas, which pre­vents this type of de­vel­op­ment with­out first ob­tain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion. But what hap­pens? The land­lords just buy prop­erty in other ar­eas.

“We need re­stric­tions placed on the whole town. HMOs have blighted com­mu­ni­ties where they are just pop­ping up.”

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Cllr Jill Britcher

Cllr Har­riet Yeo

Cllr Bren­dan Chilton

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