Developments put people off town
Regarding the letter from Mr Kerrigan JA Bethel (‘Prince Albert flats plan a monstrosity’, KE, November 9), I absolutely agree with his comments of the proposed replacement of the pub.
I would consider any councillor putting his or her hands up to agree to the monstrosity pictured in your paper to be uneducated.
Firstly, there is no need to demolish the Prince Albert. With the right professional builder it could be brought back to life. Decorated well, it would give this entrance to the town the look it deserves.
The station end of the town has been completely destroyed already without any character buildings. It mustn’t happen at the New Street end. What is needed is property to attract visitors, not to send to send them away.
A final reminder of nasty buildings in Ashford is the ‘black tin box’ where John Lewis lives at the Drovers roundabout. Just next to John Lewis, on the edge of the dual carriageway from the Maidstone-road end are the latest examples of so-called houses. That estate is one of the most hideous things I have ever seen in my life, and gives me a downer every time I enter Ashford from that end. All these new schemes help to put visitors off entering Ashford.
So please let us have sensible planning in the future. Derek Ingleton Smarden
Not to Derek Ingleton’s liking: an artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the Prince Albert pub