‘Toxic’ fly-tip­ping

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mental Health Support -

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

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