I heard an interesting statistic from a contractor yesterday, that in Westgate alone, there are twenty childrens homes from just a single agency, which has forty-nine of these spread across Thanet, a fraction of the total number. Does anyone have the actual figures as the ‘Thanet Report’ on the KCC website doesn’t appear to be willing to share the true numbers which may or may not be reflected in the rising provision for special needs places in a number of local primary and secondary schools?
Meanwhile, on another matter, reading through the Thanet Gazette this morning, the people of Birchington are calling out for more visible and regular policing along the High Street in the evenings as gangs of youths continue to cause problems for local businesses and residents. Thanet police are, it appears overstretched and Birchington is suffering as a consequence. Policing is something we all pay for in our inflated community charges and each and every community has a right to it and not excuses in regard to available manpower.