The mid-summer stench from Epple Bay is drifting on the wind as far as Westbrook as are the flies that accompany the annual rotting of the seaweed deposited by the current each year. How the residents put up with it I don’t know and perhaps they simply become used to the smell.
I see the graffiti artists have been active all the way to Minnis Bay from Westbrook over the last week or so since my last ride along to Reculver. For them, “Keep Thanet Beautiful”, is something that concerns other people but certainly not one car load of visitors who I watched throw a bag with the remains of their lunch out on to the cliff-top road past the golf course at Westgate.
Evasive action was required on the narrow sea wall path that leads to Reculver. Twice in fact, as two kids on Mini-motorcycles hammered past me, touching at least 50mph I guessed, scattering the families on their afternoon walk as well. I watched one chap unload two quad bikes from his van in the car park behind the Minnis café, furtively scanning left and right before, his small son, in full body armour, was deposited in the cockpit of one, ready to launch himself with dad along the cliff top or the promenade and s**w anyone who might get in their way.
Call me cynical, but there’s a whole micro-culture out there who don’t give a damn about regulations concerning mini-motorbikes, quad-bikes or even jetskis once summer is in full swing. They’ll do what they like and you know what, they know that they can carry on with impunity because the chances of being stopped or even caught are virtually nil along our coast. Sure, these are not big crimes in the scheme of things but in the States, I recall that when I lived and worked there years ago, the small seaside towns had a zero tolerance approach to low-level anti-social behaviour because they knew that by coming down hard on small offences, they could invariably discourage anything more ambitious.
Anyway, some positive news is that Roger Gale, our Thanet North MP, has passed-on my concerns over the growing evidence of drug-taking at Westgate station to South Eastern Train and their Head of Security has written back and promised to step-up patrolling Westgate and other Thanet stations. One request to the public though, if you hear or see anything suspicious, please call British Transport Police at 0800 40 50 40 as “The more calls they receive, the more resources they will be able to allocate to the problem.”
Otherwise, it’s been another scorching weekend and looks as if it’s going to carry on for another week at least. Leaving aside the nuisance factor of a small minority, Thanet, while it might not be the Cote D’Azur, isn’t far off it in temperature and appearance and it certainly has more beach BBQ’s going at this time I’m sure!