Thursday, June 09, 2011

Shuffling Around

The changes to Thanet's cabinet portfolio have now been announced and readers may have noticed that I've picked-up some of the 'Heavy lift' projects under the heading of 'Environmental Services', which includes waste and recycling, street cleaning, public toilets, environmental health, coastal protection, parks, allotments, building control, general estate management, crematorium and cemeteries, asset management, planning applications, planning enforcement and conservation.

As we have such a small cabinet, it represents quite a broad portfolio, when you consider that planning is in there too, so to add to my previous interest in buildings, old, new and under development, I'm now condemned to wander the streets of Thanet looking for anti-social seagulls and broken rubbish bags.

On a more serious note and after replying to an email I've just had from one resident, people may remember, that they very often have more than one or two councillors in their wards. If you are unhappy about something, and the TDC Customer Services number on 01843 577000 hasn't resolved the problem to your satisfaction, then your ward councillor rather than your MP or cabinet member should really be the next port of call. That's what ward councillors are there for, to 'go to bat' on residents behalf when something isn't working and to escalate an issue up to the cabinet member responsible for a particular service if a solution can't be found. This is invariably the shortest and quickest route to success.

Margate's Big Event' is now only a week away and it will be very interesting indeed to see how moving it to the town's seafront will change the overall dynamic over the two days. Airfix are sponsoring the event as the 'Airfix Airshow' and I'm waiting for a big company logo banner to arrive from the States, to fly for them on both days before the show starts. Let's all hope it's great weather on the 18th and 19th June and we are of course looking for political volunteers to try out the concept in the video shown below.



6 comments:

1 o'clock Rob said...

Simon, I recently called on the Council to send round a team to clean the road (St James Park Road) and although they did a great job I was surprised that after 4 hours clearing weeds and generally tidying up they didn't spray weedkiller, is this a policy? My concern is that after a few days rain weeds are already growing again and it won't be too long before the it looks like it did before they came out.

DrM. said...

Rob

Weeds normally come under the KCC Highways control and I learned a year or so ago that because of strict modern environmental controls, weedkiller is no longer an option.

Outside my house we have cleared all the weeds from the pavement and my boundary wall by hand.

Robert Williams said...

Loved the video clip. Where can I get those trainers?

Anonymous said...

waste and recycling, street cleaning, public toilets, environmental health, coastal protection, parks, allotments, building control, general estate management, crematorium and cemeteries, asset management, planning applications, planning enforcement and conservation.
Not much left for the others members to do then!!!

Anonymous said...

Simon,

Now that the election has passed and members have returned to normal behaviour, can you advise the current situation relating to Hartsdown Park, the proposed development plans and more importantly the public consultation/when/where ??

DrM. said...

Not alot to offer at present as we are awaiting an amended planning application from the club vis a vis the 2006 hotel application revised