With all the Weblogs now springing-up in Thanet – see sidebar links – this semi-detached island of ours is starting to develop a healthy ‘Samizdat’ underground information and news resource, as well as an interesting perspective on what’s happening around the place.
Yesterday, I had an hour to take a good long look at the Great Yarmouth sea-front area from the air and was impressed at how clean, tourist-friendly and well-landscaped it all was, with a long water feature park running parallel to the sands. Even the pier and the sea-front amusements looked inviting and evoked distant memories of Margate as a boy and walking along the pier with my grandfather.
Now, look at Margate seafront from the air and there are hundreds of photos available from the links section on the sidebar and you’ll probably come to the same conclusion as me. Great beach but doesn’t it look messy, a crumbling sixties presence, with the huge and almost empty space of Dreamland behind it and the towering slab of the tower block adjacent to a crumbling station approach.
What does regeneration really mean in this broader context and not just the Old Town but the whole seafront, to bootstrap Margate up to a level with other resorts?