A Personal message from Clive Hart. Who said that local politics wasn't interesting? It's obviously all happening in Cliftonville West!
Clive also adds the following message:
"Dear fellow Thanet resident
Please find below a letter I sent to the ‘ local ‘ Chief of Police yesterday.
Since sending the letter I have been informed that changes are planned to policing in Thanet.
If you therefore share my concerns it is important that as many organisations, businesses and individuals as possible write to the Chief Superintendent at Margate Police Station, Fort Hill, Margate CT9 1HL to express them.
It is also now even more important than ever to report "every" single crime, as it is upon the local crime statistics that policing levels are based.
Please forward this email to every organisation, business or individual that you know in Thanet.
Thank you for your valuable time. "
Ed: Here's the letter Clive is referring to:
"Margate & Cliftonville Division – KCC
Dear Chief Superintendent West
I am writing with reference to strong rumours circulating at County level in regards to the possible scaling down of Police services at Margate Police Station.
I am also a district councillor for Cliftonville West and I have discussed this matter with my close colleagues Cllrs. Linda Aldred & Doug Clark JP (Cliftonville West) and Iris Johnston and John Watkins (Margate Central) who have also asked me to write to you for clarification.
We know from the Thanet Crime & Disorder Audit of 2004 that Margate Central and Cliftonville West district wards are sadly a crime hot spot in Kent. These facts were confirmed at this weeks meeting of the Kent County Council - Thanet Local Board.
Your recent amalgamation of the Thanet & Canterbury Police operations worried us here locally and we found the decision to site your office in Canterbury questionable, especially in relation to crime statistics across the two areas.
Moreover, we are now worried that you may be considering further cutbacks at the heart of a community where we feel we need a much stronger Police presence.
Any such move could have a negative effect on a whole raft of local initiatives that are aimed at making this particular area a safer and stronger community.
Can we therefore please have an assurance that services provided at Margate Police Station will not be reduced in any way?
Cllr. Clive Hart "