Thursday, August 03, 2006

Sierra Del Costa Del Margate

Margate will be welcoming hundreds of visitors from the Sierra Leone community for the carnival weekend (Saturday 5th August).

The trip will bring people to the area from all over the country and has been organised by a community group from London, who have been working with Thanet Council over the last few weeks to ensure that the day trip is enjoyable for everyone.

Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said:

"To have so many people heading for Margate for our Carnival Weekend is excellent news for the town. It's a great boost for our local economy and traders in the town. It's no surprise that this group is heading for Margate, as we have so much to offer visitors, from our award winning Main Sands, which showcase the beauty of Thanet, to fun for all the family at Dreamland. Alongside that, this weekend will see a fantastic line up of free events, including bands, a free fall parachute drop, funfair and a continental market on the harbour arm.

He added: "This is an excellent opportunity to remind everyone, both residents and all those who visit Thanet that we want to keep the area looking at its best. That's why we launched the Thanet is Beautiful campaign, to remind people to take pride in our area and not drop litter. As we head into a busy summer weekend, it's even more important that we all work together to keep Thanet beautiful and ensure that we either put our rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with us. We shouldn't be leaving anything on our beautiful beaches, except footprints."

Hooray… and I’ll try and take some photos of the same footprints when I fly over on Sunday afternoon with a message from one of our local sponsors!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will they be staying at the Nayland Rock Hotel?

DrMoores said...

Did he mention Dreamland or was I dreaming?

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Don't take them near Grenham Bay with all its sanitary bits n bobs floating about!....
Dreamland? whats that?

Anonymous said...

Cllr. Roger Latchford's description of Margate / Thanet is far detached from reality. Talk the place up by all means, but don't paint a false picture.

Anonymous said...

Cllr Latchford is living in a dreamworld surely.
Thanet is not Beautiful - but it could be.
I see the TDC cleaners working hard every day sweeping up.
The seafront at Margate is kept clean but other residential areas are not.
I know this has been mentioned before but we need more big communal refuse bins positioned strategically to take the black sacks and whatever people can fit in and around them - those people who live in small flats ( the result of historic TDC bad planning permission) with no bin area, no refuse storage space and no transport to take stuff to the tip.
What are they meant to do with their refuse? They just dump it locally in a black sack which gets torn to pieces by the seagulls.
Then TDC has to pay a street sweeper to sweep it up and rebag it.
It would be cheaper to provide those big bins and empty them as and when they need it - which will probably be every day in the summer.
Two locations I know of which really need them are near the top of Dane Hill and the corner of Dalby Sq and Ethelbert Crescent.
We probably just need them everywhere in bedsit land.

The only reason that TDC come up with for not providing those big bins is that they encourage people to fill them up with even more rubbish. Well perhaps they do, but at least its in a controlled way which has to be good for TDC and for Margate.
Just because you don't provide rubbish disposal facilities doesn't mean that there is less rubbish . It just gets strewn about everywhere.

Perhaps this should go into the Questions for Sandy area?

Aplologies for only mentioning Margate but its where I live and I don't know about the other towns.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I see the Eastbourne Air Gala is this weekend, but they DO NOT CHARGE the public an entrance fee! How nice.
(Please note TDC).
They are preparing for 800,000-1,000,000 visitos! Extra trains, loads of busses, organising free parking.
(lessons to be learned TDC?).

Sorry to change theme slightly ;)

Anonymous said...

Look can't we ever be positive about allthese great events being organised{jazz festival afew weeks ago was fantastic with hundreds of happy people spending well needed money in the town}Margate does have problems but the coast is beautiful with miles of glorious sand and coves and sea.i for one{and i am not alone]look forward to the coming weekend and myself and my family and friends are going to enjoy what looks like being a fab weekend.

Anonymous said...

OOO me again and i look forward to your photos!

Anonymous said...

Following TDC's obvious policy of cleaning up the areas that impact on visitors rather than concentrate on residential areas I was glad to see a big bulldozer cleaning up the rotting seaweed in Margate Harbour today, ready for the Carnival Weekend and the visitors.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

As I drove along the seafront last eve, trying to see the smoke palling higher & higher,(fire), I did at 1 point take a glance at the beach.
Ok, it had been busy, but, there must have been TONS of litter and rubbish left by our nice beano day trippers, and that's just ONE day!
Incredible!

Anonymous said...

Yes I also noticed Margate Beach was really covered with what must have been a ton of litter.
At just after 8am this morning there was a small army of cleaners working on the beach clearing up.
They got on with it really well and quickly, the beach was pretty well immaculate after a couple of hours.
Now we just need to get the residential areas cleaned up, better still - get more big communal paladin bins strategically located where there are lots of small flats - then the road sweepers wouldn't have to waste their time cleaning up the debris every morning from ripped black sacks.
I am emailing a photo to you Simon of Ethelbert Crescent where it corners onto Ethelbert Rd Cliftonville. Maybe you can put it on here so folk from other areas can see what its like on the seafront away from the visitors.
It has been like this for some time now, this was taken this morning (Sunday) which is not a rubbish collection day.
Residents are only meant to put the sacks out on collection day but they often have no storage area for the rubbish.
Never mind enforcement, lets get big bins and fix the problem properly.
Are you reading this Sandy ?