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Angry residents describe Borough Green Clinic fence as an 'eyesore'

By Malling Chronicle  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

  • 'ridiculous': Trudi Fennings outside the Borough Green Clinic

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VILLAGERS have labelled a newly painted fence opposite their homes "an eyesore".

Residents living opposite the Borough Green Clinic in Quarry Hill Road are furious that bright blue and yellow railings and a metal porch have been added to the front of the building.

The NHS clinic is used for weighing babies on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

Jacky Sydall, of Quarry Hill Road, said: "They seem to have spent lots of money on it and it's just an eyesore.

"It's completely out of character with the rest of the village. It doesn't fit in with the buildings around – we have a lovely little church and the parish hall – then they have stuck bright blue and yellow metal on this.

"The Government is always telling us the NHS has no money and look what they are spending it on.

"There are rotten windows on the side of the building – they'd have been better off fixing those than doing this, which has no point at all.

"Who sat there and said: 'Let's paint this yellow and blue'? That's what I want to know."

Jean Oldstock, 85, who has lived in Quarry Hill Road for 62 years, said: "I look straight out of my window at it.

"When they first started building it I wondered what it was all about, there was no warning.

"No-one asked us if we minded that going up opposite.

"I looked after the hall for 32 years as caretaker – it's awful to see what they've done to it now.

"It was one of the best buildings in Borough Green – now everyone stares at it as they go past, and children will swing off the railings."

Her neighbour, new mum Chloe Wheelan, agreed: "It looks like a children's play park.

"We have had months of noise and dust while they did the work and now we've been left with that.

"We already have problems on this road with parties in the parish hall and people damaging cars – now kids will use those railings as somewhere else to congregate."

Mum-of-two Trudi Fennings, who also lives opposite the clinic, added: "It's just ridiculous.

"When they first started doing it I thought they were improving the ramp but all they've done is lengthen it and surround it with a wall and railings.

"The hall is hardly used, and the NHS is always saying they have no money – why use it for that which is pointless?"

Madeline Jeffries, of NHS Kent and Medway, said: "We recently carried out work to the clinic, at their request, to ensure that it complies with building regulations designed to provide unified access to all users.

"The colour of the canopy is NHS blue and the railings handrail is painted yellow to assist the visually impaired. This is standard practice. The project manager will be visiting the site to assess the situation."

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