Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gone but Not Forgotten

Reg Bell who Led the Campaign
An item of surprise local news this morning. Sainsbury's have withdrawn their application for a Westgate on Sea, supermarket (F/TH/12/0220 - Hundreds Farm House, Canterbury Road). Readers will recall that it was scheduled to come before the Planning Committee at Thanet District Council on Wednesday evening for decision.

I might speculate, the Supermarket giant felt that the weight of public opinion was against it, in the present circumstances and chose to withdraw; to live to fight another day. Returning perhaps, with a revised application, which I might bet, will make an appearance before the year ends. Sainsbury's tell me that a short statement, once they have digested the officer's report from Thanet Council.

First Round to Westgate & Birchington
The Thanet Gazette, will have a photographer going to Corkscrew in Station Rd at 4.30pm for a 'People Power' photo. Obviously, if I hear anything further on the subject, I will keep readers posted but I now have Wednesday evening off, as I won't have to speak at the Planning Committee.

I see on my next set of Council cabinet papers that Clive and Company and attempting once again to whitewash the work of our 'Diversity Champion' having kicked out a motion of 'No Confidence' bought by Westgate's Cllr Tom King last month. For that particular sin, Cllr King now faces a standards complaint of 'homophobia and bullying'. One really has to wonder how far this Labour administration will go in supporting the role given some of the more salacious gossip in the public domain. One might argue that the political futures of Cllr Hart and Cllr Worrow are now inextricably connected in a clammy handshake of cynical expedience.

21 comments:

Casanova said...

Cynical convenience?
How about opening the closed public conveniences?
Oh. I forgot. The present TDC doesn't feel necessary to answer to the public, do they?
Casanova

Anonymous said...

Just the best news!!!!!

simon moores said...

I think we explored the public convenience closures before! You recall we have more on our 16 mile coastline then any other authority, massive vandalism bills at the likes of West Bay and no money to keep them all open and adequately protected. Sadly it's the same old question that nobody can answer.. who pays?

Anonymous said...

They might be claiming "people power", but I suspect the real reason has a lot to do with the massive success of Tesco in Westbrook during recent weeks.

Anonymous said...

A sad day for Birchington, which will remain a decaying and forgotten corner of Thanet.

Anonymous said...

The masses would have poured into the new Sainsburys store. Yet another example of how a small group with self interest can prevent the march of progress.

Anonymous said...

Instead we're likely to get yet another mini Tesco in the area, hardly a big success for those that want more choice! Oh well, I'll carry on spending my money at Westwood Cross instead.

disgusted said...

Tom King should bring a Standards Complaint against Cllr Hart for refusing to allow his motion to be debated, it is not only Cllr King who has no confidence in Worrow it is all of Thanet in general and Birchington in particular for his betrayal of their trustA truly unholy alliance that will end in tears

Anonymous said...

I think the sun is going down on Worrow & Hart's careers!
LMAO

Anonymous said...

First round to Westwood Cross more like.

Anonymous said...

I bet Reg Bell doesn't have to rely on a bus to get his shopping, unlike many of the pensioners of Birchington (either that or they pay a small fortune in one of the TWO Co-Ops!). NIMBYism at it's worse.

James Maskell said...

4:10pm, unfortunately it wont work as it was a legitimate vote of Full Council. This is the numbers game we find ourselves, where Labour isn't large enough to govern alone and must rely on the votes of TIG. Cabinet will want to move on quickly. I will try to attend but I cant stay long.

Tim Clark said...

I'm assuming that salacious is intended to be shorthand for bar toilet onanism - nothing around here surprises me any more.

Anonymous said...

Judging by the comments on here there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of "weight of public opinion against it", but just like Tesco in Margate and the airport at Manston it's a small minority of people claiming to represent the majority (a while back I stopped and attempted to chat to the protesters to tell them why I thought it was a good idea but they weren't even interested in listening to those that disagree with them). A real shame that we can't rely on our local cllrs to help give the public what they both want and need though, not least some much needed jobs for younger people!

simon moores said...

5:08 the protest attracted a couple of thousand signatures on a petition as well as a near packed Carlton cinema for the public meeting. The application was recommended for refusal by council planning officers before it even reached the planning committee for decision, because it did not meet the highway and planning requirements for such a large development.

As for the jobs, this was discussed in some depth in an hour long BBC Radio Kent programme.The danger was losing jobs in the high street to be replaced by low-paid, and part-time supermarket jobs at Sainsbury's

There's no doubt that everyone wants more choice and better prices but at what cost to the broader struggling local economy?

Anonymous said...

Point taken, but do small independent traders really pay higher wages than big superstores? In my experience they certainly do not.

Tim Clark said...

One common factor in these consultations seems to be that those who are in favour of the proposal don't come out of the woodwork until afterwards. Night flights, Sainsburys, the same pattern in both cases. If there really is the huge groundswell of disaffected citizenry after each of these exercises then my only suggestion is that they should have made their voice heard beforehand. It's the message I've been drumming into my youngsters for years - don't complain about the Government/Council if you couldn't be bothered to vote yourself.

Lorraine H said...

my 16 year old daughter ask Sainsburys at the meeting at the Carlton cinerma what age they take on staff? one they couldn't awnser her but she already knew it was 17. Our local shops one employee 13-14year olds for paper-rounds two at least 5 of our local shop have 16 year olds working as Saturday workers

Anonymous said...

And how much do you pay these children? Bet it isn't as much as you'd legally have to pay an adult...

Anonymous said...

No point in Sainsburys going before a planning committee without council officer's recommendation their plans should be granted. They will quietly review the plans (liaising first with the planning officers), so all the boxes are ticked for next time. Nothing to do with public opinion, but it would be nice to think that Sainsburys might review their plans in the light of public opinion and traffic/community/design issues. As planned, what Sainsburys called an “out of town” supermarket would have badly affected both Birchington and Westgate, hurting shops and, by taking the greenbelt between them, lose the divide that gives Thanet distinct visitor attractions. Meantime, local residents could still do with a small supermarket that doesn’t spoil life for neighbours. I see Tesco as a bigger risk – extending Westgate shopping in the wrong direction (for “passers by”), when there are existing, more central units Tesco could use and thus help rather than damage Westgate.

Anonymous said...

I suspect the luddites had the same support as those who shouted against \Sainsbury's...The protest is doomed to failure.