Monday, May 07, 2012

In Westgate

It's a reasonably pleasant Bank Holiday Monday and while I wait to see if Rochester airport will open, so I can move a couple of aircraft around between here and Brighton - it was waterlogged this weekend - I thought that I would remind readers that if they look down the sidebar of this weblog, they may find some interesting links and resources.

In particular, I've put hundreds of my aerial photos and almost the entire old photo library of Thanet's past online for readers to enjoy, as well as many links to other local websites and resources.

I very much enjoyed Dawn Crouch's local history presentation at St Saviour's church this weekend and look forward to the next one. The town never ceases to surprise me, which reminds me that I must make a small correction to the Wikipedia entry. There are lots of significant gaps in the online information and it really needs an enthusiastic and knowledgeable editor to populate it. You can find the complete Westgate Guide pictured left here.

I have been asked what happened to the homeless man sitting on the pavement outside the Piggy Bank nursery in Station Road on Saturday. First of all, I would like to thank Reg Bell and several of the traders for offering help and Angelo's for giving me a free hot drink for him.

The gentlemen concerned, had discharged himself from a hostel on the Isle of Sheppey and come here, still wearing wearing a hospital wristband. He had spent the night in beach shelter and was clearly on the verge of hypothermia and on investigation, also had a number of other serious medical conditions that required care.

For reader reference the Thanet District Council emergency out of hours number is 01843 292442

Bank Holiday Saturday before the FA Cup Final is not a good time to make oneself intentionally homeless and be sick at the same time but after help from my shadow cabinet colleagues and Swale Borough Council, I managed to persuade a very patient police officer to collect him, somewhat against the gentlemen's will and then have him driven back to Sheppey where he could be given proper care, rather than face the possibly alarming consequences of a night on Westgate's seafront in the condition he was in.

What happened on Saturday revealed a number of deficiencies in the system that need attention, more so perhaps in the present local government climate and I hope to raise my concerns with Cllr Johnston when I next see her on Thursday for a Cabinet meeting of the Council.

The straw poll on the sidebar on the choice of Will Scobie as Mayor of Margate ends today. So far, the results for those who voted reflect broadly what I've seen on the ground, with 59% against the idea and 26% approval, with the remainder indifferent. It's now up to  the incoming Mayor Will to prove the skeptics wrong but I do recommend that in climbing the greasy political career pole, he spends rather less of his time being a front-line Labour activist out of Thanet in the year ahead.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You won't let the Will Scobie issue drop will you. I'm not a doctor but i suspect this fixation with Mayor Scobie is purely because you are a middle aged under-achiever who is jealous of a go-getting young gun? Shame the glittering prizes alluded you when you were Will's age. Worse still with your party getting a spanking in the the recent elections, your tenure of elected office is likley to be no longer than three years. You will then be consigned to the list of political has-beens, whilst Mayor Will quickly gets elevated to KCC and parliament. Mr Moores this is your future. Releax and enjoy it, otherwise those bitter and twisted tendencies so apparent in your postings might become a problem

simon moores said...

Don't be silly 12:43. I'm simply reporting what the poll says. Mayor Scobie enjoys a unique record here in Thanet, being voted into a role after less than a year of public service, without any test of public opinion or indeed any rational argument being offered in support of the appointment by those who voted for it.

You've already said clearly what many people suspect, that this is simply a disguised youth opportunities scheme for the Labour Party for a role which has always been apolitical for centuries!

Tim Clark said...

1243 is of course one of the two TIGs. My money is on the Militant one - he always goes into dyslexic mode when trying to disguise his comments.

Tom Clarke said...

Anon 12:43, what a strange idea of success you have. There are many of us who carry out voluntary public service roles because we want to, not out of any aspiration to parliament or beyond. We have other careers first, as does Simon.

When I was 22 I was commanding a platoon of soldiers engaged in anti-terrorst operations and already had a gallantry award. I would not want to swop my experiences at that age with those of mayor-elect Scobie, but, if that is what turns him on, then best of luck. What it doesn't do is make him any better than the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Yesterdays terrorists are today's freedom fighters and cabinet ministers. You probably wasted your time Tom

Tom Clarke said...

Not entirely, 9:10, because some of them did not make it and it was all good experience for the next time. Soldiers create aituations whereby the politicians can sit round a table and come up with a way forward.

Have you ever been well paid to just sit around in the sun at some exotic location. Believe me, that is not wasting time.

Anonymous said...

In general: Assuming the young person can chair an assembly, a young civic mayor makes some sense. Young people can be well respected in a representative role. Meantime the young mayor gains masses of insight into the local community, spends useful time with all kinds of community stalwarts, and, being younger, is probably more approachable wearing the chain of office. For someone wanted to help his community it must be a great education.