Why did they can­cel Ten­ter­tain­ment?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

It is dif­fi­cult to fit to­gether the dis­parate in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing the Ten­ter­tain­ment ran­cour.

This year’s fes­ti­val was no­table for bet­ter sound con­trol and, in­deed, Ten­ter­den Town Coun­cil tell us that there were no writ­ten com­plaints.

Who, there­fore, can­celled next year’s, and why? I am one of the nearby res­i­dents who did com­plain last year and had no in­ten­tion of do­ing so this year.

I was very sur­prised to find, a cou­ple of days af­ter the event, that 2018 has been can­celled. Who can­celled 2018, and why? Some­body on Ten­ter­den Coun­cil, Ash­ford Coun­cil, or among the Ten­ter­tain­ment or­gan­is­ers must know. The facts cur­rently known sug­gest the pos­si­bil­ity that can­cel­la­tion was not nec­es­sary, Dr N P Hudd Elm­field, Ten­ter­den some­what amazed at the pic­tures.

One pic­ture shows the ex­ist­ing bowls club and the other shows bowlers from Ash­ford Rail Bowls Club.

While I ac­cept the sit­u­a­tion with Ash­ford Town Bowls, Ash­ford Rail is in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, be­cause our fu­ture is un­cer­tain.

The only dif­fer­ence be­tween us is that Ash­ford Rail is a sports and social club and bowls is just a sec­tion. It would take far too long for me to ex­plain our dilemma since BR prop­erty sold/leased all sports and social clubs be­tween 1991 and 1999.

As a com­par­i­son, Ash­ford Rail has a to­tal mem­ber­ship of over 1,100, of which there are ap­prox­i­mately 90 bowlers.

I doubt if Ash­ford Town Bowls Club has 50. I just feel it is a lot of money to spend for so few peo­ple. Tony For­tune, sec­re­tary, Ash­ford Rail Staff Club Beaver Road, Ash­ford im­por­tance and build­ing even more houses to meet our pop­u­la­tion cri­sis.

One day, I hope to see a com­plete change in di­rec­tion to fi­nally start re­build­ing Ash­ford in a more sus­tain­able and com­mu­nity-fac­ing way. Un­for­tu­nately we are eas­ily swayed big prom­ises that end up just adding to the pile of prob­lems for the next gen­er­a­tion to solve.

I would urge ev­ery­one to op­pose more houses for Ash­ford and stop the south east be­com­ing a very large housing es­tate. Steve Ansell Kingsnorth Road, South Ash­ford

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