Give me Loo Loo Land over La La Land any day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Hope or de­spair? Con­fi­dence or doubt? At times a chap has to won­der which line to take with Ash­ford. Gerry Clark­son, our beloved coun­cil leader, ap­par­ently has no doubts. His fort­nightly col­umn here in the KE bounces along, ex­press­ing his un­shake­able con­vic­tion that, although all’s right with our world at present, things will, un­der his guid­ance, get even bet­ter.

It is quite clear that Mr Clark­son hasn’t been caught short with a prostate prob­lem as he leaves his car in the Vicarage Lane car park. Re­cently, I saw an el­derly lady run­ning (or as near as she could) from her car to the toi­let due soon for clo­sure.

Town-cen­tre cinema? Great. New col­lege? Ex­cel­lent. But a town­cen­tre cinema or col­lege counts for noth­ing when set against a sud­den ur­gency of blad­der or bowel.

Seated on a bench op­po­site Star­bucks, I was chat­ting with an el­derly cou­ple last week­end about this very sub­ject. I pointed out that a num­ber of shops and the two town-cen­tre pubs will al­low peo­ple to use their con­ve­niences. Both hus­band and wife said they would find it em­bar­rass­ing an­nounc­ing to to­tal strangers that they needed the toi­let. This may be a gen­er­a­tional thing or a mat­ter of up­bring­ing. But it is not some­thing that should ever arise – there should al­ways be pub­lic lava­to­ries avail­able (as there have been since Ro­man times).

Blam­ing van­dal­ism and the costs in­volved in deal­ing with it is a lame ex­cuse for their clo­sure.

In my younger days, I think Mr C would have been la­belled a “bread head”. He seems to think of Ash­ford as his fam­ily busi­ness with prof­itabil­ity as its pri­mary (or even sole) mo­ti­va­tion. In some re­spects, this is to be ap­plauded, but he needs to be re­minded that his cus­tomers – that’s you and me, folks – should not be ig­nored

It is per­fectly clear the lit­ter po­lice are merely win­dow dress­ing when it comes to keep­ing the town’s streets tidy. We still have at least one man spend­ing his days pick­ing up rub­bish. So what­ever hap­pened to the T-CAT brigade? The chaps who would put the town cen­tre to rights. Their very ti­tle ‘Town Cen­tre Ac­tion Team’ should, we might as­sume, say it all’


‘A cinema counts for noth­ing against a sud­den ur­gency of blad­der’

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