The Two Chimneys story has, without doubt, turned into the biggest single issue we’ve seen so far on this site.
Last night another reader shared some correspondence with the Council that you will see on the comment thread and a remark by one of our local councillors in correspondence strikes me as representative of how well-served the people of Thanet are by their politicians and public officials at times.
“Your complaint has been recorded and is considered low priority but will receive attention. The work load on our two enforcement officers is burdensome.”
It also occurs to me from reading the letters that the development questions we have raised in the story concerning both Two Chimneys and the field between Birchington and Westgate illustrates a breath-taking level of ineptitude in terms of oversight and the following of both policy and processes in regard to development.
From an observer’s point of view, it appears that development can and does happen regardless of so-called “Thanet Plans” if the developer involved is big enough and can ride “roughshod” over an army of “two” enforcement officers. From the sound of it with the Two Chimneys expansion, the Planning Department of the Council don’t actually know what’s going on until it’s far too late to act, leaving the local community with a “Fait Accompli.”
Such examples reinforce the generally helpless feeling of communities around the country, told that they live in a democracy, when quite clearly what they see as the important local decisions surrounding their lives are controlled by an army of unaccountable, overworked and frequently inept public servants.