This money should be spent in Ash­ford

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - NEWS -

Re­gard­ing the Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) meet­ing about a the­atre for Ash­ford - and the state­ment by the leader of the coun­cil that ‘We will have a the­atre in Ash­ford - it won’t come to­mor­row but it might come in the next four to five years’. This is coun­cil-speak for ‘when Hell freezes over’ and is all smoke and mir­rors. The word ‘might’ means that there is no chance that we will have a the­atre in the vaguely quoted timescale. I be­lieve that was, in fact, said to be five to seven years - un­less my ears de­ceived me. This is all bluff to make us think there are plans in the off­ing in the hope of shut­ting us up. One of the coun­cil­lors said he had done his own re­search into other the­atres in Kent re­gard­ing ‘bums on seats’ and came to the con­clu­sion that they are rarely filled to ca­pac­ity. He couldn’t have looked at The Mar­lowe or why is it that some shows need to be booked many months in ad­vance? I booked to see sev­eral shows in 2019 early this year, have just booked next Christ­mas’s panto and one show that doesn’t ar­rive un­til 2020! Mem­bers of my fam­ily and friends are reg­u­lar vis­i­tors to the Mar­lowe and they know how well at­tended it is - and don’t see many empty seats. This is all money that should be spent in Ash­ford. It speaks vol­umes that Fourth Street was not asked about the bingo hall, show­ing ABC never in­tended lis­ten­ing to lo­cal peo­ple and no sur­prise that 29 coun­cil­lors voted (some seem­ingly quite glee­fully) against halt­ing plans to de­mol­ish the Odeon build­ing. I ac­tu­ally won­der why they are mem­bers, if they care so lit­tle about the town’s her­itage. It could be said that some get them­selves onto com­mit­tees and boards to ‘leave their mark’, which isn’t much good when they are not re­mem­bered for mak­ing a pos­i­tive and worth­while im­prove­ment to peo­ples’ lives. Dee Collins, Ash­ford

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