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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Big Bur­ton Back­lash -

Karen Bras­ing­ton: “The coun­cil demon­strated plans for the Con­ning­brook Lakes de­vel­op­ment in County Square a cou­ple of years back and I ex­pressed my con­cerns at the in­creased traf­fic and not enough roads, fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port such growth in that area. The coun­cil even called me again af­ter­wards to ask my views.

“The ex­pan­sion in our town is too rapid. Thank you Cllr Sims.”

Kate Agrell-Doldan: “We need more schools, surg­eries, den­tists, a big­ger hospi­tal, a clean-up of the town cen­tre be­fore any more houses should be built.”

Mike Shep­herd: “Well done Cllr Sims. You will get my vote.

“Shame that there are not more of you to have the balls to say no more houses.”

Kim Allen: “Stop ru­in­ing our coun­try­side. How can we pos­si­bly need more houses in Ash­ford?

“Chilm­ing­ton Green is crim­i­nal enough.”

Cal­lum Til­bee: “Build in 2020? B******s. They have sur­vey­ors out al­ready, and the en­trance to the new jun­gle will be the Con­ning­brook Ho­tel’s cur­rent en­trance.

“Yes, that’s right. Greedy peo­ple want to jeop­ar­dise a fan­tas­tic grow­ing busi­ness for a few ex­tra quid and are not on these plans.”

Steve North: “It’s easy to say no more houses when you all have a house al­ready. It’s near im­pos­si­ble to get a house at my age. I wel­come it.”

Dis­grun­tled­voter: “Well that’s me done. Lived here 51 years and I’m done. I’ve had enough of Ash­ford and its rapidly ex­pand­ing ur­ban sprawl, it’s now a lousy town and there’s a lack of fore­thought by our coun­cil.

“Such a shame from what was a lovely town and coun­try­side where vil­lages sur­rounded Ash­ford in­stead of be­ing en­gulfed by them. A cry­ing shame!”

Barb Dwyer: “Suc­ces­sive Ash­ford coun­cils have largely ig­nored the pub­lic’s ap­peals for the last 40 odd years, and look what a ter­rific job they’ve done turn­ing a quaint mar­ket town into an ab­so­lute ********.

“Yes, there is a de­mand for hous­ing but it’s af­ford­able hous­ing peo­ple need not more ex­ec­u­tive homes and buy-to­lets to make the well off even richer.”

PeteMK: “By that logic, Chilm­ing­ton will gen­er­ate around an ex­tra 12,000 cars, with in­nu­mer­able new ve­hi­cle move­ments, and the only road im­prove­ments tabled to help cope is the widen­ing of a halfmile sec­tion of Chart Road.

“It doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence how much sense you make, Cllr Sims. They’re gonna bloody build the houses any­way.”

kent­man2222: “Just pure greed on the part of the coun­cil and de­vel­op­ers. Just stop it be­fore the whole of Kent is con­creted over.”

Jus­tas­tatis­tic: “This has been go­ing on since I was a child, when I wrote to the lo­cal MP ask­ing them not to build a mas­sive es­tate at the end of my gar­den. They did, of course. It would be hap­pen­ing re­gard­less. It’s all about money.

“That area is beau­ti­ful and I walk there of­ten. I have waste ground all around the area where I am that sits gath­er­ing lit­ter. Use that. I’d pre­fer it on my doorstep and hav­ing some­where nice round the cor­ner to es­cape to. Just leave some views for us, some nice walks.”

Mo­jei: “It is a ter­ri­ble tragedy wit­ness­ing Kent be­ing con­creted over at a rapid rate, never wit­nessed be­fore. No one that I know, ex­cept pre­sum­ably our spine­less, vote-grub­bing politi­cians, wants a big­ger pop­u­la­tion. What we need is a smaller pop­u­la­tion, but while end­less ben­e­fits and hous­ing is guar­an­teed to any fe­male in the coun­try who gets her­self preg­nant the pop­u­la­tion will con­tinue to rise.”

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