Thanet Tories launch Clocktower roadworks scheme
Senior Thanet Tories were on Margate seafront this week (Wednesday) to launch the start, on Monday (5th September) of the programme of works to remove Margate's unloved Clocktower traffic lights and to create a new traffic system.
The Leader of the Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, Margate's MP, Roger Gale and Transport Committee member Cllr. Rozanne Duncan were on site to celebrate the announcement that the planned work is to commence earlier than expected.
Speaking at the Clocktower Sandy Ezekiel said:
“I am delighted that we are now in the position to commence the realisation of another Conservative election pledge. We were committed to bring about the removal of the traffic light system, installed under the previous administration, that has caused delay and frustration . The works will take some time but will be completed before Christmas and we hope that in the meantime drivers will be as patient as they have had to be for the past few years. At last an end to this problem is in sight".
Cllr. Ezekiel also paid tribute to Cllr. Rozanne Duncan for her work on the Transport committee and to William Whelan who, as a County Councillor had given such tremendous support to the campaign to remove the lights." Margate owes a great debt to William for his determination and for raising the profile of the issue" he said.
Margate's MP, Roger Gale, added:
“I am deeply grateful for the backing that we have received from KCC and from the Leader of the County Council, Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, personally.
Kent has been short-changed badly by central Government and finding the money to carry out this work has not been easy for either the County or for Thanet but the leaders of both Councils have been determined to honour the election pledge and another promise is being kept. Before the General Election I said that I expected work to start in late Autumn and it is good to know that the job is commencing ahead of schedule."