Monday, 30 August 2010

Keep Chilmington Green

Ashford Green Party is utterly opposed to the planned destruction of the beautiful Chilmington Green. Mr.Frohnsdorff and Mr. Carpenter are right to question the economic wisdom of this project; the intention would seem to be to destroy a small community and build a dormitory town of commuters.

On a flood plain!?

But we must also consider the environmental devastation, the murder of the unique wildlife and years, possibly decades, of misery for the residents who will have to endure living within a building site, watching daily as this historic area is bulldozed and concreted with the full support of our elected councillors and Member of Parliament.

The ridiculous amount of money wasted on this misguided expansion would be better invested in fortifying Ashford against the oncoming effects of climate change and peak oil, creating more employment, better services, improved infrastructure, all produced and consumed locally to support the local economy.

So I urge the people of Ashford to join the Keep Chilmington Green campaign on Saturday 4th September in Ashford town centre, including residents of Goddington Park, Cheeseman's Green, and many other areas around Ashford threatened with similar pointless developments.

Steven Campkin
Ashford Green Party

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