Just in from one of our regular readers:
“I’ve just been told Two Chimneys planning application to extend their site has been approved and that the march of the caravans continues. It was approved this evening by the whole committee except Councillor Anne Chater. What upset my source was that the discussion time given to this important local issue was minimal and about one-tenth of the time was spent in discussion of unapproved doors in someone's barn. It fulfills the management training example of more time spent by the Board discussing the colour scheme for the executive toilet and the type of toilet tissue to be used than on the purchase of a multi-million pound computer system.
My source is thoroughly dispirited by this first experience of our local government in action and the way in which decisions are taken but that’s democracy in Thanet for you.
As you said in an earlier thread "It’s just another brick in the wall". I wonder if there is any point in trying to enhance the attractiveness of this area as has been done for the past ten years by planting over almost 17,000 hawthorns and trees into 4km of hedgerows, when the local council allows such an eyesore to occur and then allows it to expand.
Ed: I’m very disappointed in this decision by our council to allow the expansion of what is visibly a second permanent village on the outskirts of Westgate. I am unable to see any valid reason for allowing such an expansion, given the environmental impact it will undoubtedly have on the area and from what you have told me, I would have liked to have thought that the matter would have been debated with a little more attention to the interests and requests of local people. Apparently not and I look forward to reading any comments on this thread from other observers and local councillors who may have attended.