Sunday, January 08, 2006

Signs of The Times

Cllr. Clive Hart writes:

“Please find attached two photographs that I hope will explain why I feel so strongly that not enough thought has gone in to the new directional signage on Margate seafront.”

“The two signs that have been erected are both so large that they need to be mounted on a form of small scaffolding rather than a pole. They also straddle the promenade on our famous golden mile where local people and visitors alike used to enjoy unrestricted views of our beloved ‘Turner’ sunsets and the clock-tower part of the seafront is also a conservation area.”

“Regeneration is not just a matter of investing money, it’s about changing attitudes and I feel these signs reflect a ‘that’ll do for Margate’ attitude from some at KCC which has to change dramatically if we are truly going to regenerate our town.”

“I wrote to Mr. Ferrin, the KCC cabinet member for Highways explaining these feelings before Christmas but to date I have had no reply.”

I sincerely hope something can be done about this matter before the summer season. Our local traders are suffering badly with all the problems over the Dreamland site and the delays with the Turner Contemporary.