A huge pile of rubbish – including ‘toxic’ chicken manure – has been dumped outside Eastwell Church. And for villagers the incident was especially annoying as it happened just days before Easter, a traditionally busy time for the historic church. Resident John Hardie was also unhappy that Ashford Borough Council refused to clear up the mess, saying as it was located on private land the landowner was responsible.
Full story on page 21. Residents have been sent a letter outlining two possible solutions to the dangerous traffic conditions at a ‘death trap’ junction, but say neither will work.
Local people and businesses have been mounting a long-running campaign f or safety improvements at the Barrey Road/A2070 junction at the entrance and exit to the Ashford Retail Park.
The junction has been dubbed “an acccident waiting to happen” as cars and lorries trying to exit the retail park try joining the A2070 dual carriageway face congestion and oncoming traffic travelling at speeds of up to 70 mph.
In a letter to residents, Kent County Council (KCC) proposed to move the bollards currently placed at the end of Church Road to 64 Church Road.
The second proposal is to move the bollards down to the junction between Barrey Road and Church Road, essentially blocking off all traffic to and from the retail park from Church Road.
Safety campaigner Liz Carter, who lives in nearby Kingfisher Close, said that the solutions were made with economy in mind rather than satisfying res- idents’ needs and wishes.
She said: “They’re obviously looking for a cheap solution. They are missing the point.”
She feels the option for bollards to be erected at the Barrey Road/ Church Road junction would be a major inconvenience for people such as her partner, who work on the adjoining industrial estate.
She said: “He goes through there every day. It would turn a two-minute journey into a 20-minute journey.”
Mrs Carter said: “What if we need to go to the hospital? It would make our journey three times as long.
She said residents were unhappy they had not been adequately consulted on the options.
She and others say traffic lights need to be installed at the A2070/ Barrey Road junction as a safety measure.
She added: “All they did was put letters through our doors last week. If we could just have traffic lights there that would stop peo- ple pulling into fast-moving traffic. I drive a sports car so I can get up to speed but I worry about a little old lady in a Nissan Micra that can’t.
“There’s constant accidents there anyway. We have two or three each week.
The informal KCC consultation ends on Friday, April 28.
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Barrey Road junction on the A2070 has been dubbed ‘an accident waiting to happen’ by locals