Thursday, June 23, 2011

Random Thoughts

Cabinet this evening and on the agenda are topics as varied as Margate Football Club, St John's Cemetery and the Coach House in Northdown Park. I'm finding that the 'Environment' portfolio is not without its surprises and I'm increasingly sensitive to the sight of litter and despair when I see black bags being tossed-out on the street overnight in familiar spots and without any thought given to the consequences after several hours of hungry seagull attention.

With the very successful Airfix airshow now behind us, - please take a moment to complete the council's survey for next year - I've to give some thought to another banner job for this coming Saturday, which seems bound to attract some interest over a big sporting event. I've now cleared it with the CAA, Police and the local helicopter support unit to avoid any chance of being prosecuted but it's likely to be up there - forgive the pun - with 'Avram Grant Millwall Hero' if the weather permits. The marriage proposal over Southend Pier on the same afternoon is likely to be a little less controversial, although how the client plans to get his rented limousine out to the end of the pier is another question entirely.

I see the BBC's Nick Robinson was over at the Turner Contemporary at lunchtime filming. Hopefully he will 'wax lyrical' on Margate's renaissance and the very positive plans for the town's direction over the next five years. Not without its many challenges but the last six weeks has clearly demonstrated that Margate is heading firmly in the right direction, even though this may not be as rapid as many of us would wish, given the present tough economic climate.

22 comments:

James Maskell said...

On the agenda tonight, confirmation of the Article 4 Direction is a routine item given the decision was made last year but its an important step in protecting the vulnerable parts of Thanet. Some of those places in Cliftonville are horrible.

Any further plans to deal with HMOs and their associated problems?

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Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,
As you noted earlier the subject of Margate Football Club was being discussed at Cabinet tonight,what was the mood like and which way is this heading in the minds of those present.
Also can you confirm that the Public consultation WILL still take place.

Thanks

James Maskell said...

Confirmed by BBC. It may not be a lot but its very much welcome.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Margate doing so well. Don't forget there are other bits to this Island or do you intend to spend four years ignoring the red town?

DrM. said...

I see you've rumbled my gran plan 11:36!!

9:51 Consultation remains in regard to any new leases on the park

Anonymous said...

1136 here. Don't forget there are plenty of blue-tinted people down here who are feeling pretty unloved at the moment. Clever-Dick comments like that just make us wonder why we bother. Thank God for Laura - worth a thousand of you.
You have to win Nethercourt back if you are to have a majority next time. You have no chance in Margate so you should be going all out to win back the voters who left you last time.

DrM. said...

9:44.. You are working on the false assumption that Ramsgate is treated differently to any other part of Thanet. It's rather like arguing that each room of your home has a different budget.

It's all done to demographics, traditional loyalties and perception and the majority group in the south of Thanet is going to work overtime to convince people that they are being ignored when in fact this is not the case at all.

Anonymous said...

Wrong answer

Anonymous said...

I've just read your answer to 944 and I have to say it is gobbledegook

DrM. said...

ah well, you can't please everyone!

What I'm saying is that local perceptions or inequality are being coloured by aggressive local Labour politics which has an interest in promoting divisiveness in order to build seats

Ogmios said...

Why not try and counter aggressive local labour politics rather than surrender? You have a known Marxist councillor in Northwood, a London cabby and someone who hasn't yet declared his interests in Nethercourt. Thanet South bucked the national trend at the GE and that was despite all the "experts" saying that boundary changes would make it harder for Laura to win.
I live in Ramsgate and would like to see some aggressive local Conservative politics please.

DrM. said...

Thanks for the support and I'm sure that local association members will read this and take your comments on board.

As an observer of local politics for a few years now, I would comment that there is a substantive difference between the main parties. One is almost a religion and operates with much the same zeal and organised determination to find converts to the cause. The other involves a loose collection of volunteers with shared principles that embrace fast disappearing concepts such as personal and fiscal self-determination.

This was ever the story of British bi-partisan politics

Ogmios said...

So no help there. Your irony is lost on me. Thanet Conservatives hold power by just one seat. It just needs one of you to go and Hart takes over. And 24 hours later Driver stages a Livingstone-like coup and the likes of Matterface, Alexandriou and the cabby show their true colours. Are you beginning to see the reason behind the Nottingham fiasco last year?
You are also assuming that my views are not already known to TSCA

DrM. said...

I think you may be assuming that I have some influence in that direction?

Ogmios said...

You're a local blogger. Go back through your archives and find the last time you said something positive about Ramsgate. Can't you see how demoralising it all is? Margate gets Turner Contemporary, Ramsgate gets the (closed) Maritime Museum. Margate gets a CPO on Dreamland, Ramsgate gets a block of unwanted flats instead of Pleasurama (maybe). Margate gets The Big Event, Ramsgate gets the powerboat races cancelled. Can you wonder that you're increasingly referred to as Margate District Council down here? Maybe that's what you really want.

DrM. said...

In answer to that Ogmios, Westgate is where I live and where I'm a councillor and to be honest, Michael Child writes more than enough about Ramsgate as did ECR. With the little time I have I focus most on my part of the local patch. I'm not avoiding Ramsgate at all!

Ogmios said...

Just the odd word of encouragement, occasionally. You are, after all, also a Cabinet member, with wide-ranging and Island-wide responsibilities.

DrM. said...

Point take but the only thing is that if I write anything at all on Ramsgate I can normally expect a flood of incoming emails from Michael Child!!

James Maskell said...

I saw Cllr Driver speak at Overview and Scrutiny this month and he behaved himself. No swearing, no extremism. He actually behaved like an elected Member. As for leading the Group, Socialist bluster isn't enough. If he has an alternative Labour strategy, he's not blogging it...

MA said...

Hi Dr Moores,

The feedback form on The Big Event doesn't give the option of 'outside catering lorries' as an option on the question of where did you spend your money. There was massive outside catering, often blocking the fronts of rate paying shops along the seafront. Selling the same food stuffs or worse.
So my point is two fold: if you are having a survey, please include this option for feedback purposes.
two, please give local shops the option and let's not have unsustainable food wagons along our seafront selling burgers, chips etc. we have quality traders in our town and they are supposed to benefit from when the town holds events.

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