We need farmland more than homes
I was most surprised not to see an article on the lorry park/Otterpool Park Garden Town protest march in last week’s Ashford edition of the Kentish Express. Many of those marching live in the Ashford area, and a town twice the size of Hythe in between Ashford and Folkestone will certainly have an impact on those living here.
With all the developments proposed in and around Ashford, I really do wonder where our food and water will come from in the future.
We had water shortages several years ago, and although we have had a few wet years that won’t always be the case.
The populations of other countries are growing too, so imports may not always be cheap and easy to come by.
Will the people living in the proposed garden town actually have the time and inclination to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens?
Or will their time be spent sitting in traffic jams?
There are so many places in the world where nothing grows and places in this country where crops fail due to flooding. Surely we should be preserving good farmland and not building all over it? Heidi Kingston Monks Horton
Protest march against the proposed Otterpool new-town development near Folkestone Racecourse