Fly-tip­ping will not be tol­er­ated

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I note each week com­ments in the Ken­tish Ex­press about our lit­ter and fly-tip­ping prob­lems.

I have the great­est re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion for Biffa and our own Street Scene Of­fi­cers and of course T-CAT who on a reg­u­lar ba­sis clear away dis­carded items and lit­ter from our sur­round­ing streets and town. I also need to men­tion the lit­ter picks that are or­gan­ised by Keep Ash­ford Clean, a group of vol­un­teers who work tire­lessly com­bat­ting the never end­ing lit­ter prob­lems the bor­ough en­dures.

This photo shows the prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced on at least a monthly ba­sis in parts of Tor­ring­ton Road, South Ash­ford, which again last week was col­lected and re­moved.

I dread to think what our ar­eas would be like if we did not have th­ese ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als who work on our be­half and very of­ten with­out the just praise they all de­serve.

I sin­cerely hope that the lit­ter en­force­ment pro­gramme con­tin­ues and is in­deed rolled out to neigh­bour­ing ar­eas and not con­fined only to the town.

We all need to be vig­i­lant and if we see any fly-tip­ping or gen­eral dump­ing of waste and rub­bish re­port it via the Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) Re­port It tool on the coun­cil web­site.

This is un­ac­cept­able and self­ish be­hav­iour by the few that will not be tol­er­ated by the many. Cllr Jenny Webb, ABC mem­ber for Nor­man ward

Please Ash­ford re­tail­ers, spare a thought for peo­ple with prams, pushchairs, wheel­chairs and mo­bil­ity scoot­ers. Once you have set up your dis­play, bor­row a cou­ple of the afore­men­tioned items and then browse your own store. You might be sur­prised by how many po­ten­tial sales you are los­ing out on sim­ply be­cause you don’t leave room for your cus­tomers to ma­noeu­vre. Mrs Pam Du­rant (wheel­chair/scooter user) South Ash­ford gully and tip over.

Is it the in­ten­tion of Kent High­ways to place some kind of bar­rier be­tween the kerb and the gully as the way it ap­pears to have been left is, I think, con­cern­ing? P. Wel­bourn Ken­ning­ton

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