Res­i­dent’s dis­gust at lit­ter prob­lem

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Putting On A Show - By Vicky Cas­tle

Beauty spots in Ash­ford have once again been pic­tured scat­tered with lit­ter.

One dis­gusted res­i­dent and self­ap­pointed lit­ter pa­trol man, Ted Prangnell of Ken­ning­ton, took pho­to­graphs of ar­eas by the River Stour and in the Queen Mother’s Park, Ash­ford.

He said: “If one walks or cy­cles any­where around Ash­ford, one is greeted by lit­ter.

“The River Stour is act­ing like a con­duit for ev­ery­body’s rub­bish, some of which gets left be­hind when higher flood wa­ter re­cedes.

“Lit­ter seems to be a fea­ture of the river’s banks and of the town gen­er­ally. There is no charm, or beauty, as­so­ci­ated with that.”

Mr Prangnell also said he saw more rub­bish in Queen Mother’s Park af­ter a tidy up ex­posed all the dis­carded lit­ter.

He added: “At long last the hedges and over­growth has been cut back in the park to re­turn much of the cy­cle­ways and foot­ways to their full width.

“The work­men shred­ded most of their prun­ings but in do­ing so they ex­posed quite a lot of lit­ter that had found its way into the un­der­growth.

Ted Prangnell

“As a coun­try are we the dirty man of Europe, or is the prob­lem just in the Ash­ford area?

“What is any­one go­ing to do about it? Per­haps no one cares. Peo­ple who drop lit­ter – and that must be most peo­ple – have no pride in our coun­try or town.

“We need to tidy the place up, and es­sen­tially stop drop­ping more.”

An Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We are aware of the lit­ter near the River Stour and we will be send­ing our con­trac­tors out to clear the waste in due course. The lit­ter by Queen Mother’s Park has al­ready been cleared.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to see peo­ple lit­ter­ing in their own town. We all want to live in a clean and pleas­ant bor­ough but the coun­cil can­not achieve this alone.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to take a mo­ment to find a lit­ter bin when they are out and about; if there isn’t one nearby please hold onto your lit­ter un­til you can find a bin or take your lit­ter home.

“To co­in­cide with the Clean for the Queen cam­paign, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil will be run­ning proac­tive lit­ter pick­ing events across the bor­ough.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to join an event email streetscene@ash­

‘If one walks or cy­cles any­where around Ash­ford, one is greeted by lit­ter’

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

Cllr Bernard Heyes

Pic­ture: Dave Downey

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