The Mayor of Ashford has pulled out of the launch of the Wye Future Group to be held this Saturday because he had not been told what the purpose of the organisation is.
Cllr Malcolm Eke was asked to launch 84 balloons — each representing 10 of the 840 acres that Imperial College owns in Wye — at a recent meeting of the Ashford Independents at the King’s Head. save-wye.org has learned that he was not informed about the purpose of the WFG and was therefore unaware that it was the same organisation that is mounting a legal challenge against Ashford council’s signing of the ‘concordat’ with Imperial.
The launch of WFG has been hampered also by the scrapping of plans to hold it on The Green. Originally, the group had planned to have a stand alongside others at this Saturday’s Farmers’ Market but had to abandon this idea when it was pointed out that Imperial College owns The Green and may not have taken kindly to WFG setting up stall there.
Instead, the launch of the balloons will now take place near the Post Office accompanied by a group of Morris dancers. The balloons are being sold for £1 each to raise money for the group.
Later on, the WFG will hold its official launch in the Village Hall where there will be a display of cuttings from the Kentish Express. Ploughmans lunches and other refreshments will be sold while there will also be a free glass of wine for all visitors.