Sunday, June 18, 2006

Arrows Coming My Way

It wasn’t quite by design but I found myself as the first aircraft into the Kent Airshow today, towing a banner advertising “TerencePainter.co.uk – New Homes.”


Thanet Airshow 2006_day 2-10

Having checked the details with Manston air traffic, I was under the impression that I had until 13:00 to get in and out of Palm Bay and it wasn’t until we were airborne that I heard the Red Arrows were due to run through at 11:55; just giving enough time for us to run in and out of Palm Bay before we were run over.

After that, I drove back to the show on my motorcycle and it struck me that it was much busier today. Those of you who have been pasting comments about it on this website will be pleased to know that the councillors have been reading what you have to say and hopefully, from what I was told an hour or so ago, passing on the suggestions for action where appropriate.

I’ve just uploaded some more photos and if you have contributions that you would like to share as well, please pass them along and I’ll add them to the library.

With the Race for Life taking place at Quex Park and the Airshow in Cliftonville, the roads were under strain at lunchtime today. From the air, the island looked pretty packed, as you might expect on a sunny June weekend but the huge gap which was once a busy Dreamland amusement park looked desolate and empty and I have to suspect that we are missing thousands of would be tourists who might have chosen Margate for a day out to Dreamland. Whether this is a good or bad thing I’ll let you decide.

One thing I have noticed this weekend at Palm Bay is how many Polish guests we appear to have living with us know. Not only the cars but the conversations I could hear as I walked through the airshow. Do we have any idea, I wonder, what the numbers are and where indeed, they are all working? Builders, electricians, agricultural workers I’m curious as to what attracts them to Cliftonville with its streets paved with gold?

A little “ding dong” I’m keeping an eye on here involves one of our elected representatives making an allegation of corruption in regard to the council and in return, being asked to substantiate his remarks. I would urge everyone to exercise restraint and common sense when inflammatory statement are concerned. I really don’t want to have to take down interesting conversation threads because they fall dangerously close to the wrong side of the libel legislation.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rather than seeking to resolve any veiled suggestion of anything as serious as corruption, perhaps a better approach would be to ask all of those who were involved in reversing the decision on the Turner to give full public account of themselves, and to set out in full detail what sums of money have been spent and cannot be recovered; to whom monies were paid, and in each case how much, to whom any new contracts have been let etc. etc. Without needing to suggest that anything unlawful has occurred, it certianly seems that this decision, made by the District and County Councils and the local MP, has led to sums of public money being mis-spent, lost, or wasted. We all have the right to know how, where, and by whom. That would be a far more productive line of enquiry.

Anonymous said...

Rather than seeking to resolve any veiled suggestion of anything as serious as corruption, perhaps a better approach would be to ask all of those who were involved in reversing the decision on the Turner to give full public account of themselves, and to set out in full detail what sums of money have been spent and cannot be recovered; to whom monies were paid, and in each case how much, to whom any new contracts have been let etc. etc. Without needing to suggest that anything unlawful has occurred, it certianly seems that this decision, made by the District and County Councils and the local MP, has led to sums of public money being mis-spent, lost, or wasted. We all have the right to know how, where, and by whom. That would be a far more productive line of enquiry.

Anonymous said...

I can confirm that the eyesore property at 18 Harold Rd has been visited by TDC oficers and Sandy Ezekiel himself in the last week.
It looks like something positive is happening at last, why did it take so long?
A few mentions on this site and suddenly things start happening, truly amazing when 3 years of phone calls, letters and photos to TDC had little effect.
I am impressed.

Anonymous said...

We saw you pass by with your banner. Don't know about ATC but the on-line guide/website clearly stated 'the Red Arrows will open the air display on Sunday at 12.00 – get in early to avoid disappointment'. http://www.flightairshow.com/times.htm

Obviously you was too keen to get in early! Kinda reads, keep out the way little planes towing adverts or we'll kick ass.

DrMoores said...

Excellent point of course, I hadthe the privilege of meeting them on Saturday at the airshow briefing, which is why I checked the times with the tower at 0900 this morning. just to make sure that I wouldn't be run over! Anyway, it all worked out in the end!

James Maskell said...

I missed that comment to which the last paragraph of the entry refers, but as all elected Members know, there is a Standards Committee, though I could be wrong and it could be the new Governance and Audit Committee?

Either way, if an elected Member feels that strongly, there is a time and a place for it and they should use the official channels.