Friday, March 04, 2011

Margate's Looking Up

Margate's 'Old Town' is looking particularly vibrant this morning. Although very quiet as you might expect on a cold March day, there's an almost palpable buzz of optimism present, with new shops and galleries appearing in anticipation of the Turner Contemporary opening in April.

More recently, if I monitor 'Twitter' trends for #Margate, people appear to be seeing and saying the same and that's very encouraging for the town as optimism, investment and a good word are among those things we very much need to help shape the future of the town.

While the painting of the lighthouse on the Harbour Arm remains a contentious issue, I really did think today that it would look rather better in the early sunlight with a bright coat of paint instead of its dull uniform concrete which does nothing for the view. Mind you, that's just my opinion and others would prefer to spend the money elsewhere.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Hype and optimism sarrounding the launch of the world conquering Sinclair C5.... and we all know exactly where that ended up.
Unfortunately, the white elephant that is Turner Centre has cost all of us a hell of a lot more than Sir Clive invested.
One could respect Sir Clive for having a go with "His Own" money, Kcc and Tdc do not afford the same respect.

DrM. said...

Ironically I used to know Sir Clive as we drank at the same bar, Draycotts. Quite coincidentally I also knew his girlfriend, a flight attendant for TWA who I did Tai Chi classes with!

I shared your thoughts on the C5 and also suggested he get into the computer networking business before it had even begun, one boozy evening but I guess by the morning it had faded!

Anonymous said...

Trust the old devil to have had a stewardess ! a real dark horse but none the less a legend that this country never really acknowledged.

It's a fine line between genius and stupidity.... local elections are coming hopefully we might just find one worthy to lead...

Anonymous said...

You are right. The lighthouse needs enhancement however painting it every year or whenever it gets shabby will be a strain on the public purse. Why not canvass the various paintmakers to see it they want a testbed for extreme weathered paint. It would be perfect.

DrM. said...

It's a great idea which I will suggest at Cabinet in the morning

Thank you!

Bluenote said...

With pessimists like 7:21 about it is no wonder it is such a struggle to inject any life into Thanet. Far from being a white elephant, the Turner Contemporary could be the catalyst to ignite Thanet's take off into a new prosperity. Certainly it is worthy of support from the people of Thanet rather than just sitting about whinging the whole time.

ascu75 aka Don said...

i AM NOT SURE PAINTING THE LIGHTHOUSE WILL HAVE ANY BENEFITS OTHER THAN EMploying a few people every couple of years. Yes it will look different but essentially the same. I cant wait for the TC to open it will be great.

Anonymous said...

There is a big difference between being a pesimist and a REALIST.

The TC was widely denounced as a terrible idea and an unimaginable waste of public money from day one by the vast majority of Thanet residents.
Somehow, lord only knows, it managed to find its way through council and be approved and subsequently built, wasting in the process MILLIONS of pounds, money that, if you open your eyes, would have made an amazing difference to the whole of THanet.

I guess we will just have to wait and see exactly what happens, but be sure of one thing... if it is a success and thousands flock every year to see it, there will be Cllr's parading like peacocks as the "one" that made it happen.
However, should it fail.... you won't see a single one of them for dust as they all rush to hide under their little rocks to avoid the impending backlash.

The clock is ticking....

DrM. said...

Are you from a different planet 8.59 or simply missed several years of intense Turner debate and equally intense explanations?

Turner is like Auntie Ehels will

Thanet can hve a Tuner Centre paid for by the Arts Council et al as long as we build a gallery with the money. Ifvwe don't like it then it goes elsewhere

So guess what, we took the money and built it. That money wasn't ours to spend anywhere else and on anything else so wake up to the opportunity, be grateful and stop complaining!

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Paint the Wale too. What a horrendous idea to paint our Lighthouse! Where do we think we are? Plymouth or some other modern thinking Town?

1 o'clock Rob said...

Some people eh! You'd have thought that after explaining how the Turner Centre came into existance a million times it would have sunk in to even the thickest skull.

I've been waiting what seems like a million years to be able to walk into the Turner Centre and I cannot wait!