Friday, October 14, 2011

It's Friday

I noticed that David Tennant was filming this morning on the beach at Margate, opposite the Nayland Rock hotel. However, by the time, I had finished my meeting at the council offices and wandered back with my camera, it was all over, so as a consolation prize, here's a photo of the Turner Contemporary instead, which reportedly has now had over 250,000 visitors through it's door. A very good news story for Margate and it's steady journey of urban and seaside regeneration.

Yesterday, I spent a productive morning at Westminster with Roger Gale and Laura Sandys and among the subjects we discussed, was the matter of protecting the sea life our sixteen miles of reef from being hoovered-up by migrant gangs, who may be selling it to the restaurant trade in London. With Roger Gale acting as the point of contact, we've agreed to call a meeting involving a number of different agencies, hosted by the council and I will plan keep everyone informed. and in particular those who are working so hard locally to protect our shoreline.

For those readers living in Westgate, there was a meeting held in the council chamber this week which involved Network Rail and concerned residents of The Grove; all to do with the heavy plant access to the railway line during unsocial hours. People made their feeling known and it was abundantly clear that Network Rail has been well performing beneath its published standards of efficiency, courtesy and service.

We have made some progress and have a commitment from Network Rail to repair the footbridge early next year. On a personal note, I think it is quite inappropriate for the railway company to seek access to the line through The Grove and I have informed them that as the Cabinet Member for the Environment, I will be watching their future performance very closely.  This represents quite a thorny problem because of the statutory right of access the railway company claims to the line in order to make repairs.

Meanwhile on matters less local and political and more mundane, back in the wider world of aviation, there's another convoluted Premier League football stunt to pull this weekend, so watch the skies on Saturday on Sky Sports; weather permitting of course.

23 comments:

Peter Checksfield said...

If TDC can't stop people from burning down chalets or wrecking toilets on our main seaside promenades then how on earth are they going to keep an eye on people collecting shellfish in some of our more remote bays?

Tony2 said...

I hope that the council are liaising with the Thanet Coast Project as they have been monitoring shellfish harvesting for some time via coastal wardens. There should be a wealth of reports from which to work .

Anonymous said...

As a member of Council (labour) Instructed by my group to vote for the animal rights motion re Live exports. i wish to state that I Intimidated by the Animal rights brigade, and would have voted against if I could have had a secret vote

DrM. said...

Tony, your name was mentioned in the meeting and if we can get this off the ground i would hope that you make an important contribution?

Peter Checksfield said...

Well learn to speak up for yourself & not let people intimidate you anon 3:54! I'm glad I didn't vote for a wus.

James Maskell said...

I find it hard to believe that a Labour Cllr in Thanet could find themselves intimidated...

Nora Batty said...

Regarding the burned chalets, wrecked toilets and the shore line being harvested, it is important that local people are even more vigilant than ever. We all need to take more responsibility for our community rather than just sitting back and expecting the TDC or the Police to keep an eye on things. It is no good expecting others to look after our amenities, we ALL have a duty to protect our toilets, beach huts and shoreline. I always carry a camera these days, you never know when it might be handy.

Peter Checksfield said...

I too usually have a camera with me. Particularly on a warm day in the Botany Bay area. ; )

mingles4all said...

Nora. No use relying on the police - even Simon has written despairingly of their lack of presence hereabouts.

mingles4all said...

Simon. Any comment on today's fire at Ramsgate Royal Pavilion?

DrM. said...

I haven't any information on it and unlikely to until Monday

William Davids said...

James Maskell, a claimed Tory supporter, finds it hard to believe that a Labour councillor could find himself/herself intimidated in Thanet. James you are talking about the party that kicked out the hard working Mark Nottingham, have dropped Ian Driver from their list of councillors on Thanet Lab site and have replaced comrade with tosser as a term of endearment at meetings.

Get real, lad.

Anonymous said...

simon when i read your web site i sometime mistake you for batman and wonder when robin is going to turn i often who made you the peoples god i find it so hard to understand you must be the onlt person in westgate that does anything do you think you are god or what remember there are other people in thanet who do more good than you so stop blowing your own trumpet all the time it gets on a lot of peoples nervers

Anonymous said...

Yet you still can't stop yourself from visiting anon 3:50...

If Simon is Batman then you're surely The Joker.

William Davids said...

Anon 3:50, people might take your comments a bit more seriously if you would simply learn to spell, polish up your grammar and use a bit of punctuation from time to time. At the moment 4:29 is right and you are a bit of a joke.

DrM. said...

William

I suspect the 'hard working' Mark Nottingham line might have been a local myth. Do remember that until the selection battle with Clive Hart, he was referred to as Lord Lucan or worse by both parties. Just look back on this weblog. However i do suspect that local politics or local labour or both are missing his intellect

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a banner waving rabble rouser is more appropriate for Thanet Labour than intellect. Even the educated Will Scobie seems to have become the dirt digger in chief, now seeking to prove there is something underhand about the shrinking electoral roll after his candidate exposures during the last electgion.

Anonymous said...

i think the comments on your web site prove just what people think joke about people who cannot spell or put words right so i think it proves a point you and some of your reads think they are far better than them thats a joke the poor people whom cannot spell or put words together might have voted for you simon yet you and other still knock them sad that it is the only way you and them get trere laughtspeople are sorry for you and some of your so called people whom right on your web blog must make you fill big plus those whom write on it how sad

Anonymous said...

I take it 11:46 is having a laugh?

Anonymous said...

why do people think they are better than everybody else there are those whom can spell and there are those who can not if everybody was like you and all the others god help us all but then you and others would not have anybody to look down on why do you and others think they are better than everybody else i find it very sad that there are people like you and others around

Anonymous said...

5:24 Certainly my grammar and spelling is better but you may be superior at football, who knows. Don't put yourself down so much or think that others are sneering. Some are academic whilst others more practical, but what is important is we make best use of the skills we have. I am sure you have talents as most people do, even those that are not particularly literate.

A. Fan said...

I bet none of you are as talented as Simon though! : p

DrM. said...

I suspect 1:22 is being deliberately provocative while at the same time being certain that we have a much wider pool of talent here in Thanet than many might think!