Thursday, July 11, 2013

One Battle, Then Another

Battle Abbey
With my aircraft on a regular maintenance cycle at Hastings yesterday, I wandered over to the ruins of Battle Abbey, nearby and the site of '1066 and all that.' The  CH4 Time Team has an alternative site for the battle nearby and here's the programme link.

If you haven't visited this historic spot before, then beware, it's expensive and yesterday appeared to be packed with school parties and groups of visiting Russian teenagers for some unknown reason. Getting in, cost me £11.00 and the carking is £4.50, so it's not a family day out for many in these times of austerity.

Looking Towards the Saxon Line
Walking the battlefield in the hot sunshine was very pleasant as the land has been left in its natural state but with local tradition and now, a little modern research, suggesting that the actual site of the Battle of Hastings, was actually nearer the windmill outside Battle, I was left wondering if this was really the best location for a long Norman cavalry action against the Saxon shield wall on a hill.

Next time around, I plan to take aerial photos of the alternate site if I can fix it exactly and will share these with you  here. A first perhaps.

Real Site? See Windmill Centre Top of Picture 
Tonight, there's a full meeting of Thanet Council, with once again, lots of questions from the public on the Pleasurama and Royal Sands Development in Ramsgate. I did see and hear some of the footage of this week's most recent public meeting and it's very obvious that the Council's Deputy Leader, Alan Poole, has been choosing his words very poorly in dealing with a concerned local community.

Tonight, no doubt, we will once again hear that all is fine, transparent and under control as the present administration stumbles from one crisis to the next, firm in their absolute conviction that they are doing the right thing and equally reluctant to listen to the opinions of others.

It's going to be a long evening. That I'm pretty much certain of.

20 comments:

Richard Eastcliff said...

Er, wasn't it your lot that lumbered us with the Pleasurama fiasco in the first place?

Just saying, is all!

Simon Moores said...

Politics aside everyone gets a turn at Pleasurama over the years. The difference is that with Labour you get Alan Poole dealing with it. With the Conservatives, it would likely be me.

"You pays your money and you tales your choices!"

Anonymous said...

I can see tonight being more of the usual, playing the blame game, acting like children and once again nothing will be resolved, it's no wonder more and more people are disillusioned with TDC and the methods of which it conducts it's business!

Anonymous said...

Alan Poole gets my vote

Simon Moores said...

I think if you look at our side of the floor, we ask questions, which are met with familiar Labour rhetoric and Iris going back to 1993 or 1995 recounting the halcyon days of Labour.

I'm steadily losing the will to live in regard to being able to ask any sensible question and receive an equally sensibly answer rather than 3 minutes of socialist rhetoric and finger-pointing

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, just got these new recycle for thanet leaflets through the door. Looks like we have to find room to store 4 more bins.

Website address on the leaflets doesn't work.
www.thanet.gov.uk/recycle4thanet

It's good to know after ferrygate, Thanet Council has plenty of money for all these new bins, roadshows, printing leaflets, and extra annual bin collections every year.

(I'm being sarcastic)

Anonymous said...

Yes, won't some of the areas outside houses converted into flats look pretty with all the extra bins! Even more annoyed that green bins still have to be hired!

Anonymous said...

Richard 9:37, no it was Labour who granted the initial agreement for Pleasurama, why don't you nip out and buy a Gazette it is all there and the Front page truly identifies the culprits.

Anonymous said...

Last nights Council was a riot and when it came to Leaders reports it was reported that Cllr Worrow has handed over the awesome reins of power as leader of a Group of two to Cllr Cohen, who was full of praise for all the contribution Cllr Worrow had made.
To use Cllr Worrow's exit from meetings phrase its all bo****ks !

Anonymous said...

Simon, can you tell me if it is accepted practice for a doctor's surgery to use a 0300 number instead of a usual landline number ? I thought it had been stopped as the cost of calls was too much for people with Sky phones and Talk Talk. A councillor told me to complain to the health authority as this was not allowed any longer. Would you happen to know ? It concerns the Westgate Surgery.

Duncan Smithson said...

Clive Kilroy-Harts responses highlighted the sophisticated level of debate on offer. It was also interesting to watch the two sides agree on issues. Brian Poole & The Trembeloes put in a wonderful performance. The public were heard to shout "answer the question" and "stop lying to us" from the public gallery. A fun meeting

Simon Moores said...

I wasn't aware the Westgate surgery was using an 0300 chargeable number. I will certainly be checking for you.

This form of charging I thought had been abandoned!

Anonymous said...

It seems that the surgeries that adopt the 0300 system can make some money from the patients that use the phone line. I am not 100% certain, but I can see no other reason for them changing an established phone number other than to either confuse elderly callers, or to make some extra money to pay for the new surgery. Apparently one doctor s now in an 'administrative' role at the surgery, no doubt on higher wages. Also, I note, the surgery has now got a clock in the waiting room, and is running a flat screen 'information service' on the waiting room wall that continues to promote the 111 system that several health authorities have abandoned because it is not working ! Since the Birchington surgery has had such bad publicity lately, (despite Roger Gale saying otherwise) where is one to go to get a good old-fashioned service that we used to enjoy ?

Bemused of Birchington said...

There was a move to abandon these premium rate phone numbers and Birchington surgery changed back to a standard number once the contract for the premium rate number had expired. The one question that has never been satisfactorily answered however is this. How much change do you need if calling from a phone box and it takes 15 or 20 minutes to get to speak to a real person, but a recorded message is playing all the while?

Westgate Resident said...

Is the surgery run for the patients or as a money making industry. Patients' needs should be put first. This is the mistake Birchington Surgery made, the staff and the running of the surgery should come second to the needs of the patients. Simon, will you be approaching the Westgate Surgery to find out what is going on ? I am asking you because you seem to be the only councillor actually earning his/her allowances ! I won't be voting for UKIP again, they don't seem much interested now that they have won the local elections ! Has anyone seen Geoffrey Eleanor ? Or Ms. Hibbert ?
This is exactly the type of thing they should be handling.

Simon Moores said...

I will be visiting the surgery in the morning and asking if its correct its using a premium line.

Simon Moores said...

I have been down to the surgery first thing this morning and Westgate, unlike the earlier Birchington example which caused so much controversy, is using a local rate 03000 426426 number, much like the Police etc.

Hope that is of help!

Bemused of Birchington said...

Birchington Medical Centre is 01843 848818 for appointments etc. Still takes ages to get to speak to a real person most of the time, and I personally hate the voice on the recorded message.

steve jackson said...

I see Thanet are going to increase its recycling. they need to look at other councils and best practice. There are a lot of councils that do no charge for the garden waste bin or to empty it. They simply make the money to pay for it by saving on reduced landfill and selling the contents of the bin. Other councils that charge have far buisier tips and more fly tipping. Medway council have got it spot on and many others. I have been told Thanet council are a greedy council. Is this true???

Anonymous said...

Not greedy Steve, just a couple of decades behind everyone else! Rumour has it that they still don't allow members of the public to film their meetings, despite Eric Pickles advising otherwise!