“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The New Colossus - Emma Lazarus.
Yesterday’s many comments and emails revealed a great deal of interesting information on building and planning in Thanet that we would have been hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Estimates for the total number of new homes springing-up around the island in the near future, appear to be hovering at around 3,000, alongside the bombshell suggestion that the whole school system may have to be overhauled to cope with the changes. Nobody appears able to come-up with a solution to the inevitable traffic problem that will surround so many new homes, particularly around Westwood Cross and there’s a further question of how many of the new homes, if any, will be set aside for the social housing needs of the London boroughs?
Another piece of news in from a reader last night is that a large house in Westgate is rumoured to have been bought for just under £300,000 by drugs rehabilitation project as a treatment centre for addicts. I’m looking for independent confirmation from anyone please?
One could argue that Westgate is oversubscribed in the provision of homes and services for those occupying the margins of our society and this piece of news, if true, may be one step too far. We should be examining the local density of special homes, special schools and treatment centres and asking ourselves whether the small towns like Westgate, which are attempting to regenerate their local economies and their housing stock, are being, disadvantaged by becoming a focal point for social services problems from elsewhere in London and the South East?