Thursday, August 03, 2006

"We Need More Play Space"

Clive Hart has written in to point-out that according to the Thanet Public Open Space Audit, published by TDC, the Thanet provision for children and young people is below the national average and well below the national recommended level.

He adds: “Following publication of this report the current TDC administration should now immediately remove the threat of development of the open green space in Dalby Square. This information strengthens our campaign to preserve the open green space at the south end of Dalby Square in Cliftonville as a much-loved and well-used community facility.”

Ed: Perhaps the beach is considered open space enough?

10 comments:

worm said...

In today's Adscene, it is restated that TDC intend to develop this space but that there will be "consultation".

HA!

stuart said...

There is enough social problems in that area as it is.

Restoring a sense of community would be a better idea than adding more fuel to the fire.

Anonymous said...

Use a bit of imagination. The play space could be resited by closing off the link road at the south end of Dalby Square, and converting that into a grassed area, and then developing the current green space as indicated above. If you visit this so called "community space" you will find broken spirit bottles under the bench, litter, graffiti and broken/missing bins. The community around there obviously don't care or look after it, so why on earth should the Council lose the opportunity to do what the Labour government's Gershon Review says, and make better use of the asset?

There is a brand new public space provided in the middle of the square, and a mile of green space over the road for those who can be bothered to use it. Clive is clearly trying to hype this up into a political issue - shame on him.

Anonymous said...

Don't much fancy living in your world.

Anonymous said...

So, Anon7.22pm, by your reasoning, any area that is bottle and litter strewn should be developed. Now it makes perfect sense why TDC chooses to clean up some areas and not others!

If you thought about these things in any way other than the most superficial, you would know that it is probably not the local population messing it up but the Thanet drunks who move from place to place as directed by the police, blighting one area after another.

worm said...

"The community around there obviously don't care or look after it, so why on earth should the Council lose the opportunity to do what the Labour government's Gershon Review says, and make better use of the asset?"

Er...better use? For whom?

Anonymous said...

Depends what you want for West Cliftonville.

Is Dalby Square a drop and grow zone for families who are supported by you and me, and who have nothing else to do but kick a football around all day? Or are we to support this area as a quiet and pleasant place to live when the upturn from the Turner Contemporary and fast rail link brings a different kind of "immigrant"?

Anonymous said...

Oh dear! Now I understand.
Self loathing is a sad thing.

Anonymous said...

You're too clever by half. And didn't answer the question, which was a perfectly reasonable one.

Anonymous said...

If you mean would I rather see Dalby Square inhabited by weekend-second-home owners who will be absent 70% of the time than by permanent residents who have a problem finding gainful employment in a high unemployment, slave-wage area, then no I wouldn't.