We need farm­land more than homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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

Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM4367023

Protest march against the pro­posed Ot­ter­pool new-town de­vel­op­ment near Folke­stone Race­course

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