Driv­ers ‘ig­nore one-way signs’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Dan Wright

Anxious res­i­dents fear some­one will be killed if driv­ers con­tinue to go the wrong way up a road in Ash­ford.

Chris Stad­don, 42, says he sees dozens of mo­torists ig­nor­ing the one-way rule in Sil­ver Hill Road in Willes­bor­ough Lees. He is call­ing for bet­ter polic­ing of the area and even thinks high­ways au­thor­i­ties should con­sider mak­ing the stretch twoway again.

He said: “It hap­pens an aw­ful lot, mainly in the evenings and over the week­end.

“Ear­lier this month, a group of boy rac­ers shot up the road and a bus was com­ing the other way – there must have been 12 of them go­ing up there. The bus had nowhere to go.

“It is get­ting ridicu­lous now. My main con­cern is that sooner or later some­one will be se­ri­ously in­jured or killed.”

Mr Stad­don lives next to the mini-round­about in the road and thinks more driv­ers will break the one-way rule when the Hooden on the Hill pub re­opens.

The grade II listed pub was badly dam­aged in a fire in Novem­ber 2016, but is set to throw open its doors again next month.

Land­lords Howard and Vic­to­ria Lapish have been de­ter­mined to re­open the venue, and build­ing work to re­store the pub to its for­mer glory be­gan in Oc­to­ber.

Mr Stad­don, who works for Ken­ning­ton food whole­saler Brakes, added: “When the pub re­opens, it will get worse as peo­ple shoot up there to get in the car park. It would make more sense to re­view the road and make it two-way again, as that would also al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic prob­lems at junc­tion 10. A road change or bet­ter polic­ing is needed – for­eign lorry driv­ers have even tried to go up the road be­fore.”

Should Sil­ver Hill Road be made two-way again? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre, Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

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Angry res­i­dent Chris Stad­don, who saw a dozen cars driv­ing the wrong way up the one-way Sil­ver­hill Road in Ash­ford

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