ON A recent visit to Ashbourne, I was born and bred in Parwich, I needed to find a couple of cheap novels to read, so I decided to visit the charity shops.
They had shelves full of novels, but apart from one shop in Victoria Square, they were all vastly over-priced.
I can buy three new novels on Brigg Market for £5. The charity shops need money, so reduce the prices and clear the shelves.
On Compton I saw two police cars parked outside the police station and three in the rear yard, but not a policeman in sight anywhere on my walk around town.
As a former police officer I am well aware that we have financial constraints, but the best way to solve crime is to be out and about round town talking to the people, especially on a market saturday. But why five vehicles stood doing nothing? On Buxton Hill I saw a traffic jam that could have been avoided. Cars parked on the hill above the King Street junction, narrowing the road so two HGVs could not pass. Which idiot was responsible for allowing these cars to be parked there? In the days of Mr Sly, the highway district surveyor and my late father, Mr EC (Ted) Fearn, district foreman, this would never have happened.
Apart from this I would, as a police officer, have booked the car owner for causing an obstruction on Buxton Hill, as part of the A515.
Mark my words a very serious accident will occur there one of these days.
Finally, the Saturday market. Such a poor show. Not even a vegetable and fruit stall.
In my local town, Brigg, we have a thriving Thursday market and a full Saturday market and, one Saturday, we have the longest farmers’ market in Lincolnshire which attracts visitors from afar.
I feel that the markets could be improved and of course this is up to the town council and Buxton Hill is the county councillor’s job.
Ashbourne is a lovely town and I still feel pride as a Derbyshire Tup. (Now a Lincolnshire yellow-belly).
MR C FEARN