Devel­op­ments put peo­ple off town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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

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