Friday, May 12, 2006

A Giant Musical Dragon

Live music, circus acts and a giant musical dragon will be just some of the entertainments at a festival to celebrate the work of the Cliftonville West Renewal Area.


Tom Thumb Theate Margate

The free event, to be held on Saturday 20th May on the green between Newgate Promenade and Ethelbert Crescent from 10.00am to 4.00pm, marks the first anniversary of the Renewal Area team and will showcase the variety of projects that are making Cliftonville a better place to live. 'Magic what a difference a year makes' is funded by Thanet District Council and will feature live magic, circus acts from Kent Circus School and street dance and music from local group D-expressions.

Eastcliff Richard has been asked to loan his giant mechanical seagull from Ramsgate.

Face painters and fun rides will keep children entertained and there will be a food and drink available on the day. Visitors will be able to get information from local community groups and find out more about activities in their area.

The Renewal Area was launched in May 2005 with the aim of improving housing and environmental conditions in the area, after research showed Cliftonville West suffers some of the highest rates of unfit and non-decent homes in south east England. Over 75 Renewal Area Grants have been given out to homeowners and landlords to improve the appearance of their properties and homeowners have contributed almost £60,000 of their own money. The Renewal Area has supported a range of community projects in 2006/07, including the renovation of Dalby Square, maintenance of the Memorial Gardens in Trinity Square, the Newgate Gap Project with excluded young people and several alleygating schemes.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So we renovate Dalby Sq and then the small green area for kiddies that TDC want to sell off for development fetches a better price?
For goodness sake let the kids have a play area.

Anonymous said...

Carla Wenham who does not live in Thanet is the TDC officer concerned with managing the scheme.
She has £200,000 a year for 5 years to spend on grants, a pitifully small amount considering the scale of the problem, but better than nothing I suppose.
Cliftonville West does look a bit better, but Rome wasn't built in a day.
We need effective rubbish clearing - maybe a possibility now TDC have taken that service back in house - and effective policing, maybe that isn't so likely.
The other thing we need is refugee education so (for one example) they don't throw used disposable nappies out of their flat windows onto the street.

Anonymous said...

Carla Wenham, wherever she lives, something I for one do not know, happens to be one of the most effective and hardworking officers in the District Council. Her steergae of this programme and the larger stonger safer communities programme are among the real success stories of work to enliven and renew difficult areas. Better rubbish collection is here, alongside better parks maintenance, and officers are tasked with just the type of advising you ask for. When we get it right, it would be nice to hear a slightly less grudging acknowledgment!

Chris Wells

Anonymous said...

Chris - I am pleased to see you admit that many of the council officers are not as effective or hardworking as Carla Wenham.
Its time for them to go then I suppose?
Will you be writing out the termination notices?

Anonymous said...

As you are probably aware, I am just a humble back bencher, having lost a leadership election spectacularly a few weeks back, with little direct influence on such things. I would say, in my personal view, the quality and motivation of the officer corps at TDC is improving. Generally it is better to praise publicly and criticise privately. I must be able to commend excellent work without having the sort of conclusions about others drawn by inference as has happened here.

Chris Wells

Anonymous said...

hey Chris, just playing here, I knew you didn't mean that, or at least weren't saying it.
I didn't know you didn't win whatever election you contended, I was out of the country for a few months.
Keep up the good work is all I can say, and that goes for the improving TDC too.
Many of us respect and appreciate your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Chris, as you mentioned the leadership issue, I can now offer my regrets that you failed in the matter. The best man did not win. If you are serious about improving performance in all areas could I suggest a close scrutiny of your Planning Department and their odd notion of enforcement. There is no point in keeping terriers that dont bite rats.