Friday, January 13, 2006

A TV Story

The campaign to save Pierremont Park figures prominently in the local paper today, as protestors fight to against plans to build a new community centre, which will destroy many of the tree in the park.

One reader writes to tell me however that: “ At last week’s site meeting, which attracted fifty protestors, the media had been alerted and Radio Kent and BBC South East News turned up, but not Meridian News as promised. That afternoon one of the protest leaders received a call from Meridian apologising for their failure to arrive, and suggested that they might like to run the event again on Saturday just for Meridian. This the protesters did, and this became a minute plus slot on Meridian on Sunday 8th January, without mention of the missed site meeting, and putting only the one side of the story, as no one had invited the pro-community centre lobby to the specially run event on Saturday! If this isn’t an example of biased media coverage, then nothing is!”

Ed: Does anyone else know any more about this and would like to comment? Incidentally, there will be a Thanet Council planning meeting to decide its future next Wednesday at 7pm at the Council Chambers in Margate.


Anonymous said...

One wonders how many people the protestors really represent, and their value to the media as being anti-something, almost anything. Trust the council committees have more sense than to be swayed by shouting nimbys!

We shall see, no doubt.

James Maskell said...

Pierremont Park is something we all have an closeness to. I remember doing my AS Media Studies project at that park. I sat with friends eating fish and chips out at the large green. I also remember (many years ago) going into Renton House. It was a nice peaceful place to gather my thoughts.

Im certain the Councillors will treat this with the seriousness it deserves and come up with the right decision.

Anonymous said...

The plans for the park, whilst still controversial, do not destroy all that it has been. The current plans are much better and less damaging than the original ones were, and this is wholly due to the action of the protestors. The agony of decision now is if the hall is still too big and should be reduced to the footprint of the original park hall. The dilemma, if that happens the centre will not be big enough to cope with all the predicted demand.There are not many alternative site in central Broadstairs, but one, at the Memorial Recreation Ground has not been as fully explored as using the park. That is a real source of annoyance to objectors.

Chris Wells
Viking Ward Councillor