Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Bit of This and That

With Dreamland looking a little empty and faded and the Pleasurama site offering very little in the way of pleasure, Thanet as an emerging hub in both the thriving European sex-trade and marijuana production industry, may yet present an opportunistic way forward, as a means of boosting tourism. An idea to present to Cllr. Latchford at the next council meeting perhaps?

On a totally different subject, several people have commented that the concreting of gardens to provide houses with car driveways, may be contributing to the drought, as the water can't find it's way down to the water table. I wonder how much of the south-east of the country has been paved over in this way over the last twenty years, making its own little contribution to global warming by reflecting the sunshine too.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The experience in London suggests that the concreting over of front gardens is not only contributing to the drought, it is also contributing to flooding.

Doesn't seem logical at first, but the theory goes that, on those increasingly rare occasions when there is a decent drop, it rushes off the concrete and goes straight down the drain (which can't cope), rather than soaking down to the water table.

Take a look at this BBC News item.

adem said...

At least they're not planning on building over 1000 homes up at Westwood at the cost of plenty of farmland and greenery, and also creating even more demand for water.

whoops.

James Maskell said...

Another worry is about the medical centre and school proposed for the town. If they dont go ahead, and I would imagine they wont (whats the point of a new school when KCC is looking to shut them down due to over-capacity, and the medical centre...theres the hospital) will it be more housing or more shops?

Anonymous said...

Hang on a moment, do I recall Simon mentioning Dreamland in this posting? I thought Mr Godden had decreed that his development "site" was henceforth to be nameless, in his quest to maximise the development potential. Surely that was the reasoning behind removing the DREAMLAND sign for "maintenance". Didin't someone mention that it had since been found to the beyond ecconomical repair.

Shame it was removed from a listed building without consent. Lets see what the Council do about that then, shall we?

Anonymous said...

The deliberately non-viable big space formerly known as Dreamland needs to be urgently brought into use as a water catchment area like the concrete on the sides of the Rock in Gibraltar.
As Thanet approaches serious water shortage, TDC should enact emergency compulsory purchase to avert the impending crisis. Water for Margate is a better use than an empty wheel going round and round and round and round.

worm said...

What a great idea! A water wheel! Those basket things should hold quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe that global warming is as hot an issue as it is made out to be. It may be politically fashionable but it is more likely that we are in a warmer part of a cycle which occurs naturally.
We are coming out of a mini ice age which was coldest in the 16th and 17th Century.
This has happened time and time again over the millenia.
However I do believe that urbanisation makes a local difference to those of us who live in towns and cities. All that energy pouring in to towns does make a difference to snow not lying etc.
While CO2 emissions and levels are definitely up it must be remembered that CO2 forms a very small part of our atmosphere.
I do not believe we have as much to worry about as politicians would have us believe.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous of 8.25 I would have to disagree. I am chairing a KCC Select Committee on Climate Change and am absolutely convinced of the reality of global warming from the scientific evidence available. There are going to be warmer longer summers and warmer wetter winters. The summers will se water shortages, and thewinters less efficient water gathering and retention as the rain will come in heavier and sharper bouts.

There is much much more. I will talk to Simon about putting a detailed thread oput for you to read.

Chris Wells

KCC COuncillor

Anonymous said...

Explain then why the UK has experienced natural weather fluctuations over hundreds or thousands of years before the industrial revolution and what we're experiencing isn't outside them parameters? I too think it politically fashionable. Do KCC councillors act like central Gov't politicians and use cars whilst expecting the rest of us not to? I use a train, my wife a bus. What do the KCC councillors use?

Anonymous said...

Chris - I appreciate your comment - but I believe you may be misinformed. I would welcome a thread about this as I will be able to counter every argument which favours the theory of global warming.
I believe that global warming is seen by politicians as a convenient and believeable distraction to the real problems we face.
Lets clear up the rubbish around Thanet and solve other more local problems before we worry about possible global warming.
However I am all in favour of sensible energy saving and ecological energy generation limiting the expenditure of fossil fuels.
It generally can't do any harm.

Anonymous said...

Exactly right. Even if the doomsayers are wrong, none of their recommendations will do anything but good for the human race anyway. I will try and work out the relevant parts and we'll give it a whirl.

Chris Wells

worm said...

"I do not believe that global warming is as hot an issue as it is made out to be."


You are joking?

Anonymous said...

anon again!
^"I do not believe that global warming is as hot an issue as it is made out to be."^

This person is obviously NOT from this Planet.
Welcome to the Earth! We have an ACUTE water shortage. Instead of Industries using Sea Water to cool or rinse their dirty bits, they use CLEAR FRESH MOUNTAIN STREAM stuff. The Water Boards charge the Earth for a bathful, but let billions of litres flood uncontrolled away.
Will it only take the mounting of standpipes in your Street to make you realise that what is going on IS actually going on?

It's money... the greed for ALL natures minerals. Whether water, oil, gold, diamonds. These things are provided FREE by the Earth, but some ANTI-human comes along and starts charging us, (who have every right to them too), for it!