Progress seems to take too long

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view -

I moved to Ash­ford in 1982. To my knowl­edge it took over 10 years be­fore they would al­low McDon­ald’s to open on the high street. It took a sim­i­lar amount of time be­fore we had a bowl­ing al­ley. It has also taken 20 years for the coun­cil to get be­hind Cre­ate. Coun­cil leader Gerry Clark­son now says it’s a feather in the coun­cil’s cap that they have shang­haied it. I am 50 next year. I was 14 when I came here and any­thing pro­gres­sive in that time has been too lit­tle too late. Ap­par­ently this coun­cil has to ac­com­mo­date 13,250 ex­tra homes in the bor­ough. How can they do that but not make space for a high street name like Pri­mark that will get this town thriv­ing? This town’s pop­u­la­tion is al­most five times big­ger than when I first moved here and is run by a lot of peo­ple that have a com­plete dis­re­gard for what peo­ple want. In the next cou­ple of weeks a lo­cal town cen­tre pub (The Ge­orge) is clos­ing for a re­fur­bish­ment and they be­lieve they can turn the clock back by putting in place the same en­ter­tain­ment that was avail­able 30 years ago. There is a rea­son why the deroga­tory name ‘Trash­ford’ sticks. It re­ally doesn’t help when our MP Damian Green is now the se­cond in com­mand in the coun­try. It comes to some­thing when a town as big as Ash­ford has the pop­u­la­tion it has but has less to of­fer than a back­wa­ter like Wye. Lots of peo­ple should be ashamed for what they have not achieved in the past 30 years. Adrian Cussens Ash­ford

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