Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Broken Thanet

We have all heard about "Broken Britain" but closer to home we have"Broken Thanet"I have watched from the sidelines as our local council have almost destroyed what was once a proud island,perhaps not intentionally they have allowed certain people and companies to dictate what happens to us.
Most of you know I am not a fan of the Turner Con Temporary and from what I have seen and heard it cannot and will not help the regeneration of Margate,simply put, I mean that a free to enter gallery will not bring any money into the isle.most visitors will have a quick look around the gallery and then go on to eat in Canterbury or Herne Bay or any of the multitude of better places than Margate,sad, but true I am afraid. and I wish that it was not so.
It may be a start on the way to making Thanet viable again but it is not the complete answer,more needs to be done.
Another Tesco's in Margate might help but we already have enough Supermarkets for the size of the population and that will only use up local money which will not stay in the area,we need punters from outside Thanet to spend money for the benefit of Thanet and that will only happen if we have the local companies capable of bringing in that income.
Westwood Cross is proving that all it could be a success but the roads around it are ill thought out and cost local drivers a fortune in time and petrol,go up about 1 or 2 on a saturday afternoon and see what I mean,someone needs to plan a proper infrastructure for this isle to prosper and I hope that come the next local election we will get a new council who actually care about us and not themselves(there are some exceptions of course).
Finally for now I would ask that people would stop thinking about who gets the most funding or which town is best or worst off,we can only succeed if we all pull together and make something of the place that most of us are proud to call Home.

5 comments:

Richard Eastcliff said...

Canterbury and Herne Bay? Surely they'll be flocking to all the fine restaurants and cafes we have in Ramsgate Ted!

Oops. Sorry. We're meant to be all pulling together.

Steve Higgins @ SMEG said...

Ted, the council create this "Margate Rules" atmosphere by their actions. for example, in the last week we have had visitor centres in Ramsgate and Broadstairs closing, while Margate (the town with the least visitors) remains open.

We have also had the airport working party discussing the potential for night flights which will ruin the sleep of thousands of Ramsgate residents, while also discussing that daytime training flights should avoid flying over Margate and Broadstairs.

I'm all for pulling together, but the council are the ones calling all the shots.

danevalleyted said...

Richard-I have found in the past that whilst visiting an area we sometimes eat there or stop on the way home,Ramsgate is not on the way home for anybody,so we need to promote Thanet as the destination not individual towns.
I for one would take one look at the buildings overlooking Turner and think"what a dump"and go elsewhere.
I live in Margate,but I love Ramsgate and work in Broadstairs so I want them all to do well.

Steve-Apart from Turner and a bit of cosmetic work in The Old Town we have nothing going for us here in Margate,we get a few sweeteners like the air show,quad bikes and a kite festival but Ramsgate get a few as well,I have said in the past that I used to live in Southall and we had jumbo's going over every minute and well into the night,so we moved to Ramsgate because at least there were fewer planes but more for us kids to do,Manston could be key to making Thanet work,let them try and then try to modify flight times and such like so that everybody is at least partially satisfied.

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