An­gry mum hits out over un­fin­ished basketball court

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Break-ins - By Vicky Cas­tle

An an­gry Ash­ford mum claims a half-fin­ished basketball court could be ripped down af­ter the coun­cil went over the bud­get al­lo­cated to build it.

A pair of pro­fes­sional nets now stand aban­doned on grass in the park op­po­site John Wes­ley School, with no tar­mac or court to play on.

The Wash­ford Farm res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, has slammed Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) for not fin­ish­ing the job and branded the pro­ject a ‘waste of money.’

She said: “The grass is all worn away, it’s a muddy mess and bas­ket­balls aren’t go­ing to bounce on that.

“How are kids sup­posed to use those? It is ridicu­lous, what a waste of money.”

The an­gry mum said she con­tacted the coun­cil to com­plain about the in­ad­e­quate park and claims she was told work­ers didn’t fin­ish the job be­cause ABC ex­ceeded their bud­get.

She said: “The per­son at the coun­cil then told me they’re just go­ing to take them away again be­cause they went over bud­get and can’t af­ford to fin­ish them.

“So they’ve paid for the nets, paid to put them in and now rather than just putting a bit of tar­mac down, they’re go­ing to pay to have them taken away again. “It’s ut­ter non­sense. We’ve got kids who want to go out and ex­er­cise and this is all they get.”

The mum said the park, in Wes­ley Road, is in an ar­guably poor state.

She added: “They haven’t even done any­thing about the death trap in that park – this mas­sive ditch filled with breeze blocks and wa­ter.

“A mum would only have to take her eyes off her tod­dler for a sec­ond and they could wan­der off, could fall in it and drown. It’s so dan­ger­ous.

“The coun­cil clearly don’t give a damn about this park.”

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We have con­tacted the lady di­rect about her query, which is

‘The coun­cil clearly don’t give a damn about this park’

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

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4383425

The play area with its un­fin­ished basketball court

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