Sunday, May 14, 2006

More Questions Please

Can I have suggestions for this week’s “Ask Sandy” please? Your chance to raise a local issue with our Thanet council leader, Sandy Ezekiel at the very centre of our local government, in the nuclear bunker buried deep beneath Cecil Square.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would you ask our leader if TDC has plans for taking over the Lymington Road allotments in Westgate, the neighbouring park and the farmland at the back of them(St Jeans Rd) as locals are now talking about more housing being planned there.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot this one as well. Is he aware that Westwood Cross still has 3 units empty and that today we saw the first closing down sale up there.
In addition the manager of a well known jewllers that left a mess behind on the corner of the High St in Margate for plush new premises at Westwood implied that the move to Westwood has not really worked out for them. Is it possible that Westwood is not the success story it is being hyped up to be?

a south thanet eccentric said...

Just to redress the balance, as you and he both tend to be very North Thanetcentric in your tete-a-tetes, could you ask him a couple of questions about Ramsgate?

1. He says the council is close to signing off on the Pleasurama development. How can the development go ahead with the cliff face in such a perilous state? Are the developers going to pay to put it right, or will Jonny Council-Taxpayer have to cough up? I suspect he will invoke that time old get-out clause of 'confidentiality'.

2. What are the plans for Westcliff Hall, now that it's not been a motor museum for quite some time?

3. Although street cleaning and rubbish collection have been taken in house, and the fronts are certainly looking much better, it appears that there still needs to be more effort put into high streets, side streets and residential roads. Can he promise that effort?

Sorry, that's three questions. Oh well, nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

James Maskell said...

No-one expects the Spanish inquisition!!! If you want though, Im sure I can trace them somewhere...

Anonymous said...

I read the comment about the Pleasurama development with interest. Could you ask him if the Council intends to honour his promise to consult about the roof treatment before signing?

worm said...

Can you please ask Sandy when we might expect the lift at Palm Bay to be working?

Anonymous said...

Or the one in Ramsgate, broken since Easter, when it worked for 20mins!

tony flaig said...

To keep the question short are the planners and developers of the new Westwood housing estate, barking bonkers mad in believing this new estate won't have serious consequences for traffic across Thanet?

Anonymous said...

But look at the success of other big housing estates in Margate, for example Millmead and MereGate/ Sanger Close.
These are such nice places to live and contribute greatly to our architectural heritage and culture.
How can we not build more?
Sandy - your vision for the future of Margate is matched only by your sincerity and expertise.

worm said...

Re: The Wastewood Sucksess Story.

Is it true that NEXT at Westwood are cutting back on staffing levels?

Anonymous said...

TEE_HEE worm how right you are!the trouble with asking sandy anything is that he DOES'NT listen!whilst some of the small shops in Margate highstreet may have some chance of being let,the huge units will just be left empty Wastewood Cross does indeed have a lot to answer for..as for the traffic it causes terrible problems for miles,people are now blocking up all the back roads it took me twenty mins to get out of the junction at St Gregorys{not at school time]Because of wastewood Cross traffic!EEAAARGH!!

James Maskell said...

Yeah, Nash Road is getting much busier. The 1000 (or 1,100 if you read the KoS) homes are only going to make it worse. Its not sensible to put the houses so close to Westwood Cross.

Anonymous said...

James - just out of interest - and don't answer this unless you are comfortable doing so - how do you see your future personal housing?
Will you be able to afford your own home? Will you rent or be able to buy? Will you hope to inherit or make your own way in the housing market?
Are you content and confident about what the future holds for you?
Will you be able to provide for your family if you have one?
Sorry to put you on the spot but if you want to be a politician its going to happen.

James Maskell said...

Theres no need to say sorry, its a reasonable question. You are right, the question would be asked sooner or later. You could have asked much harsher questions, so Im grateful for that!

I recently moved to Cliftonville (renting a room) and Im happy there for the foreseeable future. Realistically, I cant buy a place of my own in the foreseeable future. Its too expensive and I dont earn enough for it. As for a family, its something that isnt on my list of priorities right now, Maybe in the future I might have a family but the best thing for me is to get settled in and prepare for a possible election campaign. Its slightly selfish, but ultimately thousands of people living in Salmestone may well benefit from this in the coming years.

Anonymous said...

James, for goodness sake don't sacrifice your future for the people of Salmestone!
Get a job which has future and pays better, don't rent a room - its dead money down the drain.
Get some training and get better qualified, you are not stupid, you deserve a better future.
I am sorry I overused the word "future" but you are young, that is only the case for a short time, make the most of your opportunities.
No one ever really thanks a politician, you will probably not be an exception though I know you are a genuine and well meaning person who has the capacity to do a lot of good for us poor residents of Salmestone ward who are poorly represented at the moment.
You've got my vote whatever party you stand for.