Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Low Mileage

When the council finally re-zoned Westgate Bay Avenue and Westbrook Avenue to prohibit the street trading of cars, like many other residents, I was delighted.

Right outside my own house is an accident black spot which has had five accidents I have seen in three years and my own wall has been knocked down twice in the past.

At the beginning of the month, one of the street traders re-appeared and parked a car right outside my gate, just in the right spot to cause a car to pull into the oncoming traffic at the brow of the hill, which causes these accidents. I quickly reported this to the council, who told me that they would pass it on to the police to deal with. Result. Absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, total strangers can wander into my garden and explore and when challenged can reply, “I’m interested in that car outside mate.”

On Monday, I repeated the complaint exercise and was “assured” that the matter would be dealt with quickly but the blue Peugot is still there and the police presence will be restricted to breakfast at Beanos café.

If we’ve gone to the trouble to re-zone the area to deal with the problem, the least the authorities can do is enforce it but instead the message being sent is the same as ever, “do what you like because it’s unlikely that the local bylaws will be enforced.”

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simon,

Some local authorities adopt the ethos that they are there to assist and support the local community. Others are there to promote themselves, both the officer machine and members, with little regard for the public.

As most of the postings on your site show, elected members in particular, appear to promote themselves into god-like figures immediately after elections, and then pursue their own agenda of further self gratification. The real reason for thier existance, appears to pale into insignificance, that is if they understood it in the first instance.

It is unfortunate, but while the Members are following thier own agendas, and probably with little understanding of the system, the officer machine goes to sleep.

I would suggest that you make an absolute bloody nuisance of yourself, otherwise no-one will do anything. If that doesn't work, telephone the chief executives office on 577002. Ms Williams in that office is brilliant.

DrMoores said...

Thank you TDC.. a little nudge produced immediate results. Cars gone..like magic!

Anonymous said...

Is the power of Thanetlife as a local forum growing so much that even council officers are dropping in?

Anonymous said...

Simon,

What time did it go?

DrMoores said...

Can't actually remember but one had gone and one was ticketed by about 1700 hrs

James Maskell said...

I see that Eric Forth MP has died. Eric Forth hated the over-prevalence of legislation and fought ten-munute Bills and other Parliamentary proceedings which he felt to be of little use. He knew how to work the system as well. He was opinionated and was respected for it.

TDC needs people like him, perhaps not in terms of political allegiance, but in terms of character. The Officers are believed to be slow to the chase and people who know how to make things happen and take action are needed in TDC. A Councillor is judged by what s/he does, not by what s/he says. Some Councillors currently sitting need to bear that in mind next year.

Anonymous said...

Well done James you've got it right for once. I'm sure you'll do well. Salmestone wasn't it?

Don't underestimate the current sitting lot though. Come election time, they'll all be out there, kissing and patting the babies, lying their heads off and saying all the 'right' things, and blaming everyone else. Not that anybody will believe them.

James Maskell said...

Yes, Salmestone ward. Theres over 11 months to go yet...anything's possible. Thats why I hope Thanet Life will ensure that when it comes to election time, the electorate knows exactly what it's voting for.