On­go­ing com­plaints cost tax­pay­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I was de­lighted to read your full page re­port re­gard­ing Chris Cooper’s com­plaint to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil about the rail­ings in the church­yard and that he is tak­ing the coun­cil to task over this and other is­sues (Re­pair Church Rail­ings – Or I Won’t Pay My Coun­cil Tax, KE, Fe­bru­ary 18).

As an ac­tive mem­ber of the St Mary’s con­gre­ga­tion I mis­tak­enly thought that the church, the PCC and the Dio­cese have, over the past 10 years, been the sole re­cip­i­ents of vit­ri­olic let­ters and emails re­gard­ing the church­yard and the de­meanour of those us­ing it.

It’s nice to know that this bur­den has been shared with the bor­ough coun­cil. Your re­port fails to ac­knowl­edge that through Mr Cooper’s lob­by­ing he has suc­ceeded in bul­ly­ing the coun­cil into gat­ing the church­yard dur­ing the week­ends in or­der to re­strict pub­lic ac­cess, and erect­ing no­tices re­quir­ing the pub­lic to be­have qui­etly as this is a res­i­den­tial area and an al­co­hol-free zone.

Hav­ing checked with the Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary, ghetto is de­fined as “Jews’

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