Is this correct, have they really changed their minds?
Councillor Clive Hart writes:
“The news that KCC are to re-site the Turner Contemporary building on land is a victory for common sense that has taken KCC far too long to recognise.
I simply cannot believe that the KCC leadership have allowed this project to run totally out of control for so long. Some of us here locally have been warning of the threat the escalating costs have brought to the project ever since the decision to site the gallery in the sea. These anxieties were magnified further by the change of the proposed construction from concrete to steel but no one leading the project at KCC would listen to genuine concerns even when we had the farcical events surrounding the ‘obelisk testing’.
At our KCC Thanet Local Board meeting last October I once more warned that the worse scenario would be for the costs to escalate to a level that made the project unachievable but thankfully we do at least now have a last chance to salvage something from this project.
As a youth in the seventies I clearly remember the sad morning Margate Pier was beaten by the storm, which left it devastatingly strewn in small pieces across our golden sands. Today feels exactly the same. The residents of Thanet have been let down in a very big way. Our most deprived of areas deserves immense support from KCC but instead we’ve had hopes raised only to be dealt one more enormous blow.
It was obvious to anyone with even the smallest knowledge of local history that building the Turner Contemporary in the sea was fraught with difficulties and that these extra and unnecessary issues would drive costs out of control!
KCC have at last discovered some common sense. For the residents of Thanet I just hope it’s not too late! “